‘Whiplash’ controls viewers through captivating acting, story

Highlights

Photo by  Sony pictures classics
Photo by Sony pictures classics

Guy Ginsberg, sports editor
“Whiplash”, Damien Chizelle’s dark and jazzy thriller, follows the story of Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), a tunnel-visioned, aspiring jazz drummer studying music at the Schaffer Conservatory under the infamous twistedly encouraging conductor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons).
The story illustrates a boy’s destruction through psychotic and abusive treatment from his conductor and his obsession with perfection and achieving greatness. Teller delivers a breakthrough performance that excites viewers for what he will do next. His depiction of a tormented musical talent creates a true and vibrant terror in the audience. J.K. Simmons, barely a newbie to the Oscar scene, once again gives a magnificently concocted performance as a jazz-loving, nightmarish monster, who lives to torturingly transform students into jazz legends a la Buddy Rich.
 
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