Presented by James M. Tate / 1/28/2015 / No comments / 2014 , jk simmons , miles teller , music
MILES TELLER & J.K. SIMMONS IN WHIPLASH
|2014 rating: ***1/2|
While Fletcher’s rants are as politically-incorrect as you can get away with today, and Andrew’s edgy determination brings out a terrific performance (and spot-on drum mimicking) from Teller, WHIPLASH isn't without clichés, like a tacked on love interest and various sideliners, from family members to fellow musicians, catered to make our lead character seem more viable, or something. Meanwhile, no matter how many times the band plays, and the teacher scolds them for getting it wrong, it all sounds... similar.
But what really puts WHIPLASH over the top is a standoff finale that, in a musical sense, equals if not triumphs any pulsating action movie climax – summing up both student and teacher while the theme becomes clearer than ever. COLLECTIVE RANK: Jedi, Rebel, Droid, Sith.