Let's talk about my favorite film to have come out this year and the three main reasons why this film is an unexpected delight:
- Music - The soul of Whiplash is the music and all of the trials and tribulations that come with making great music. Damien Chazelle (writer/director) and Justin Hurwitz (composer) were jazz bandmates in college and in the film you feel this musical chemistry emanating. Usually music in a film, may it be soundtrack or score, is usually an afterthought but this duo built this film with music in mind from the ground up. Jazz classics with minimalistic score that builds in intensity makes this soundtrack a thrilling heart-pumping joy ride.
- Performances - J.K. Simmons is fucking intense. Remember the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket? Well, imagine double the intensity! This man deserves an Oscar for this outstanding performance that is both chilling and inspirational. Then there's Miles Teller, who brings his drumming skills to the screen and delivers this subtle performance that makes the typical hero's journey into a grounded and relatable experience.
- Filmmaking - Whip pans galore! Outside of Edgar Wright, I don't think I have seen anyone do whip pans so well executed. Chazelle brings intensity to every shot, where every note on the drums and every glance and every character diatribe and every in-your-face closeup kept me on the edge of my seat. Then there's the final scene, which I would not talk anymore about, but I assure Whiplash is worth seeing for the final scene alone. I'm excited to see what Chazelle has in store for us in the future. This man is infusing music and filmmaking in ways no one has done before with great compositions that are mostly under-the-radar in typical Hollywood-fare and filmmaking that incorporates shots and camera movements that few other filmmakers (like Edgar Wright, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro González Iñárritu) are doing so nowadays.
At all costs, I recommend all of you to see Whiplash. This film is an unique experience that will rock your world for two hours.
Originally posted on UnchartedLust.com