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Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability – and his sanity.
Winner of three Academy Awards including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons), Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing. Also nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay
- Winner of a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (J.K. Simmons)
- Winner of a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons), Best Editing, and Best Sound
- Winner of a SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor
- Winner of a Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons)
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Both stars of Whiplash are perfectly cast. In his few prior film roles, including in The Spectacular Now, Teller has displayed an ability to blend vulnerability with an acerbic quality and a certain air of conceit, and the role of Andrew requires this. After all, he is a protagonist who tells a cute girl he cannot see her again because she will only distract him from his destined mastering of his craft. Teller lays bare the character's borderline dangerous capacity for obsession while also maintaining a core of sympathetic, wide-eyed longing. We root for him even as he warps. And Simmons is simply a force of nature as Fletcher. His eyes burn with red-hot intensity. He enters a room with the presence of a conquering army. His muscles tense as his veins bulge. His transitions from detached instruction to fierce criticism and volcanic bluster are abrupt, imperceptible, and frightening. In him, we see a charismatic monster of a man who just may forge (not inspire, but slice and sculpt) worthy musicians.
The well-utilized duo find themselves in a low-budget film which, as directed by relative newcomer Damien Chazelle, in no way plays as small. The photography is beautiful and brings the characters' insular universe to life: the practice rooms are shrouded in shadow, coldly atmospheric tombs which must be traversed to at long last reach the crisp and bright elegance of an actual stage. And the editing is precise and tight, as if the film were cut to a metronome with a laser beam. There is not an ounce of fat. Scenes build and build and build in dread, intrigue, and wonder, none more so than the soul-cleansing, perfectly calibrated, leave-everything-on-the-pitch climax.
I liked the film itself - I did not see in theater, only on the BD - but it is tough to watch emotionally. The mental violence is quite strong. Still JK Simmons gives an amazing performance and - as I write this - he is nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
What you may not know is that Director Damien Chazelle (a former drummer himself - before becoming a Director), made a short 18 minute film with the same title in 2012 - over three days. This was used to try to get funding from producers for a full length version of his script. The cast was similar to the final version of the film, with JK Simmons as Fletcher the music teacher.
Andrew - the other lead was played by an actor named Donny Simms (no relation to JK) and not Miles Teller. A lot of the scenes used in the short were used in the feature. Sony has added the original short film to the BD version of the home video release (and also gives you an optional audio commentary). There is also one short (1 ½ minute) deleted scene (with and without commentary) on the BD.
The bonus that many musician fans will want is the 43-minute long original film "Timekeepers" where a whole slew of famous - mostly rock band - drummers discuss their passion for drumming and tell how they first started.
The three bonuses I noted above are ONLY on the BD. Both the DVD and BD also have a full length (107 minute ) commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and JK Simmons as well as a seven minute Q&A from the Toronto International Film Festival.
So if you've only seen the film - or the instant version - and are into drumming or jazz, I encourage you to check out the BD, counting the various commentaries, there is over THREE HOURS of extra material.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.