Whiplash DVD Review

DVD movie reviews are occasional posts that review recent DVD releases that I did not review while they are in theaters.


To be honest I have about five movies I have watched and need to review whenever I can get around to it.  And before watching this one, I figured I’d just be adding it to that list.  But I just finished watching it and had to movie it to the top because this movie is absolutely fantastic.

Whiplash is about a young guy named Andrew (Miles Teller) who attends a prestigious musical institute as a drummer.  He eventually earns the opportunity to learn from one of his idols (JK Simmons).  He is pressed to his absolute limits and past them.  The movie follows his rise and fall and rise again under this extreme teacher.

I’m not a musical movie kind of person at all.  I’m not even a big music person in general.  I like it enough and it helps me relax but I’m not huge into it.  So I was reluctant to see this, figuring that I wouldn’t like it.  I finally decided to watch it today and I was just blown away.  It all starts with the performances, which is what a movie like this relies on.  JK Simmons 100% deserved that Oscar and it’s not even close.  He is beyond great in the movie and it’s the best performance I’ve seen in a long time. But it wasn’t just him.  This is by far the best Miles Teller has ever been and I’d go far enough to say he comes close to matching Simmons.  The other actors in the movie do well, but the main focus is on those two the whole time.  Everything else in the movie is great: the music, it’s beautifully shot and directed, the story is intriguing, there’s occasional, genuinely funny humor.  I could go on and on.  Even the times in the movie where it slows down (usually for character development which is also well done) it still keeps you interested and then picks right back up.  It’s also one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

I don’t have anything bad to say about it so I won’t even include a “negatives” section like I usually do.  It’s easily the best movie of last year.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and then some.  Whiplash gets a 5/5 and that might not even be enough.  It’s phenomenal.  I’ll give it more time to think about, but I might have to do some reevaluating of my top 10 or 15 movies if it holds up in my head over time.  If you haven’t seen it do yourself a favor and make it the next thing you watch.

Then come back and tell me what you thought in the comments below!

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