Most of us watch movies as they come, but sometime around Jan, when the Oscar nominees are out, some of us create that list of "Movies to Watch"based on the nominees selected by the Academy.
One movie on that list and the topic of my review today is "Whiplash".
I would describe the movie as excruciatingly intense. From the first shot till the last, the movie had its hooks in me. Starring Miles Teller and JK Simmons, the movie is about student teacher relationships, in the setting of a music school, where Miles plays a jazz drummer. JK Simmons plays a badass teacher/conductor who doesnt know what decorum or acceptable behaviour is in his bid to demand the absolute best from his class. Combined with Miles dream to be one of the greats, our two lead characters form a bond, if not always a happy one. I will not say anything more about the plotline and how the story pans out.
This is one of those movies where both the director and the actors contribute to making the movie an experience. There is no trough, no low point and no time for introspection given, till after the movie is over. It cranks up the stakes in the very first scene and keeps you there till the very last scene. Such is the pace. In my opinion, Whiplash is the prime runner for the Best Movie and a no-brainer for the Best Supporting Actor categories in this year's Oscars. Though, I would not call this movie one of the greats, and a no for repeat watching, I would definitely recommend that you catch this one.