Wow. I’ve already seen footage of it, and I’m still blindsided by how good this movie looks. For those who do not know, ‘Whiplash’ is a drama following a dedicated drummer (Miles Teller) who is trying to become one of the greats. As he studies in a musical conservatory, he finds more than he bargained for in his teacher (JK Simmons), a physically and verbally abusive man who has an almost sociopathic belief against positive reenforcement. The film was highly praised at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, the later being the reason why the subtitles and critic quotes in this trailer are in French.
When I first caught wind of this movie, I didn’t buy into the hype it was generating. Sure, I love both Miles Teller, and JK Simmons, but how could what seemed like a simple music drama be as ‘intense’ as seemingly every review made it out to be. As soon as I watched the first trailer, I realized how dead wrong I was, and this one only further reenforces that. This dosen’t look like just a simple little indie drama, but a thriller with Teller’s mental stability being the stakes. The exchanges between him and Simmons look simply magnificent, with Simmons brilliantly playing up and slightly subverting the comically angry persona many of us know him by. Also, I love how this trailer uses the music to convey just how much of a toll this is all taking on Teller, starting out smooth and Jazzy, and then ultimately sounding frantic and bombastic. It’s definitely one of my most anticipated films for the rest of this year.