Whiplash Review

Hey guys! It has been a while since I’ve done a movie post so I guess it’s time for a movie review!

I finally had the chance to see Whiplash, A critically acclaimed movie from last year staring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons. The movie follows Miles Teller’s character, a drummer who joins a tough band class lead by J. K. Simmons. J. K. Simmons is an extremely tough and honestly just cruel teacher— he screams in students faces and even throws a chair at them. But as the movie goes on you see Miles Teller’s perseverance and his need to prove to himself that he can do this and show everyone else that he can too. It was a great movie and I’m glad I had the chance to see it!

Part of the reason I love Whiplash so much is because it’s so relatable. I am in band so the whole time all I was thinking about was ‘what if my band director did this?’ ‘What if my band director threw chairs at people?’ luckily my band director is much nicer that. I can also relate to wanting to the need to prove to yourself that you can do something. With me being part of color guard I often learn new tosses and it can be an adventure trying to catch them for the first time, but I get so determined just to prove to myself that I can do it (and so I can look cool ;).  Miles Teller’s character is the same way in the movie in him constantly practicing to learn to play these inane things. He practices to the point of his fingers bleeding (something that stressed me out). There is a sequence where Miles Teller’s character goes through so much just to get to a performance (I don’t want to spoil the scene for you) but all I could think about was would I go through this much trouble to get to a performance? The character just had this unexpected relatability that just made the film even better!

That was the main point that I wanted to talk about with Whiplash! As expected from an Oscar nominated movie, it was well filmed and the cast was great! I recommend this movie for EVERYONE! It was amazing! If you couldn’t tell already :)

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