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While this film has been out for quite sometime, most Americans will get their first crack at seeingWhiplash
You should go.
And the reason you should go is because it’s not just one of the best movies of the year but one of the best movies I’ve seen in a decade.
If I tell you about the plot, you probably won’t think you need to see it.
If I tell you who’s in it, you probably won’t think you need to see it.
I don’t think you need to bring any interest in the subject matter at all to find the experience riveting.
It’s about a kid that wants to be a great drummer and his relationship with a hard-driving mentor. “Who cares?” Right? You will.
I was on the edge of my seat for most of it and every time I thought the movie was moving to a tidy, comfortable wrap it swerved in a surprising twist.
I loved it and I loved the performances by the two lead actors; R K Simmons and Miles Teller. I’ve said for a long time that Mr Teller is going to be a big star. He was wonderful even in the silly remake ofFootloose
where he learned to dance. Here he learns to drum and pull it off remarkably well.
There has been much made of the fact that director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyeolo of “Selma” (a very good movie) were not nominated for Academy Awards. I think it a much stranger omission that director Damien Chazelle and Miles Teller were overlooked for truly brilliant achievements. Thankfully, Whiplash
is nominated for best film and Simmons is nominated for best supporting actor. Another historically wonderful performance by an actor this year.
This year served up a lot of lousy movies. But the ten, or so, that were great were really, really great.
This is the kind of motion picture my Dad would have called, “a helluva movie.”
I’m pretty sure you will too.
Run don’t walk to what is probably my favorite movie of the last year.
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