The film stars Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons. The two leads gave stellar performances with upmost ferocity. Particularly Simmons who was just an animal. Early on Chazelle gave Simmons direction that "I want you to take it past what you think the normal limit would be", telling him: "I don't want to see a human being on-screen anymore. I want to see a monster, a gargoyle, an animal." And you feel that in every scene that he is in. Even to the point where scared the real musicians in the band and they reactions of terror was captured on film.
Whiplash is the greatest film about music ever made. Blending raw performances and musical intensity, blurring the barriers between life and music, body and instrument, drawing equally on the contemporary and the classical. It's marvelously acted, superbly written, and features outstanding music, unforgettable characters and hauntingly beautiful story. It's a cinematic treat for movie lovers! There are no words. As a film critic, I can't really get away with that too often. This feels like a worthy deployment.
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