A movie that should be heralded as a triumph. A film that has a certain tempo to it, that allows the plot to slow down and speed up so naturally, it’s practically effortless in its pacing. Writer/director Damien Chazelle originally made this film as a short, but after taking a gamble and investing in himself, the feature length version should be recognized as one of the year’s best films. Whiplash stars Miles Teller as an ambitious studio band drummer aspiring for greatness under the direction of a tyrannical teacher named Fletcher, played to perfection by J.K. Simmons. The editing of Whiplash, courtesy of Tom Cross, is absolutely precise and wicked to behold, Sharone Meir’s cinematography is striking and awesome, Justin Hurwitz’s score is just as big a star as Teller and Simmons, and I found this film exhilarating, justifiably worth all the praise and acclaim it has received and worthy of being hailed as my #1 film of 2014. Hands down.
Director: Damien Chazelle
Screenwriter: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Chris Mulkey, Nate Lang
Crew: Tom Cross (editing), Sharone Meir (cinematography), Justin Hurwitz (score), Melanie Jones (production design), Hunter Brown (art direction)