After watching Whiplash, you know instantly who's going to take home the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Whiplash though, is far more than the mind blowing performance of J. K. Simmons.
The film narrates beautifully the struggle towards excellence and the obstacles that one needs to overcome in order to excel in the arts. Miles Teller plays a young jazz drummer, who is challenged by the harsh teaching methods of his mentor, played by Simmons. The film is mainly focused on the "battle" between the two characters and raises serious questions on the thin line between bullying and pushing towards perfection.
Damien Chazelle's direction creates a claustrophobic atmosphere that makes us focus on the music, the feelings and the strong performances.
Interesting facts about this film is the bizzare way that it is autobiographical for actor Miles Teller, as he as well was once a drummer and he has also suffered a car crash that almost cost him his life.
The film might leave us with questions about whether the choices of the characters were wise and whether perfection overcomes love or family but regardless these ethical issues about bullying versus pushing yourself towrads excellence, Whiplash is a powerful film about the world of (jazz) music that I bet will inspire a whole new generation of drummers!
So, until J.K.Simmons is awarded tonight (oh, it's certain) let's see the reason why Hollywood and the whole world bowed to his talent...
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....