Whiplash Review by Ammar Akhtar

Whiplash stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. It's directed by Damien Chazelle. Whiplash is about a drummer named Andrew Niemen. He joins a music school, which is taught by a praised instructor, Terrence Fletcher. However, Fletcher will stop at nothing to make a students greatest potential possible, even if that means using extreme measures.

Whiplash was a film I've been wanting to see for quite sometime. I had heard great things about it, and wanted to see it for myself. After waiting a long time until it got to my town, I can say that this film blew the insides of my mind.

Performances in the film are top notch. Teller plays Andrew, a guy who is primarily focused on being great. He doesn't care too much about friendship or love, it's only about him being one of the greats. He did a great job playing this character, and he delivered one of his greatest performances of his career. I also loved how Miles Teller ditched his drunk guy image. We usually see him in a bunch of party movies like 21 and Over and That Awkward Moment, but he's the completely opposite person in this film. Andrew is very anti-social, and as mentioned before, he's focused at becoming the best of the best. I give Teller major props for doing something completely different of his image.

But my word, J.K. Simmons blew me away with his character Fletcher. His motif is to push people to their full potential, which is a great quality to have as a teacher, but the way he does it is so dark and evil. He uses the craziest one-liners ever, and along with that he yells and uses physical abuse as his tactics. J.K. Simmons probably stole the show in my opinion. His performance was just amazing. Both Teller and Simmons probably had the best performances in any movie to come out this year. I've heard that Simmons has been nominated for a golden globe, and I would like to see him get some oscar recognition as well.

What really just defines Whiplash is the pure intensity of almost all the scenes. After establishing the character of Fletcher and what he does, the movie traveled to the extreme levels of intensity. For example, Andrew is called for a performance for some people who are very significant in the music industry. He struggles to get their, and just the way of how his teacher reacts to it all is scary. I was kind of hesitant to look because I was really frightened at what he was gonna do. Due to it's strong characters, the suspense was very high and when the climax of it all hit, it was shocking. 

The film also sheds light on a very good theme, which is to do what you want to do in life. There was one scene in which Andrew's family is discussing all of the achievements they have accomplished, but no one seems to recognize him for his drumming. Everyone doesn't think too highly at this because it's simply not taken seriously. I see this a lot with many kids. A lot of parents force their children to become doctors or lawyers because they want their kid to have a good life. I hate it when parents do this because it takes away that kids ability to be what they want to be. Sometimes the kids even think it's bad to do something be a musician or filmmaker because they have probably been brainwashed by their parents. I loved how the film touched a bit on this because I've seen this a lot presently and I am very much against this. Kids definitely need to be able to be free to choose what they want to do in life, and parents shouldn't have the right to control them like that.

Overall, Whiplash is quite extraordinary. It had some of the best performances of the year with Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Along with that, it had really intense scenes that surprised me a lot. One scene made me jump because of the intensity of it all! It also shed light on young kids not becoming what they want to be. This was an excellent theme that is very important. I'm very glad I got to see this before the year was over!

MY SCORE: 10/10

Guys, the year is coming to a close, and it's about that time to reflect back. I'm going to be writing about my top 10 movies of 2014. Keep a close eye out because it will be coming very soon!