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Whiplash (2014) Spoiler-free Review

The most interesting thing about Whiplash is that you can catch the basics of the narrative in the trailer, or in the short synopsis on IMDb, or even in the image above. I’m not going to spell it out for you, but it’s there.

What’s pleasantly surprising is that Whiplash still manages to impress, regardless of this fact. Prepare yourself for quite the emotional journey, as Miles Teller portrays a character you can’t help but like and root for during his highs and lows. I was extremely impressed with his work on this film, but even more impressed by the formidable Fletcher, played by J.K. Simmons.

Narrative-wise, Whiplash will draw anyone in, because we can all relate to the struggle to be better, to prove ourselves, to the world and also to those who are important to us.

The film does a lot with scenes that are constructed in very basic places like a music room, a restaurant, or a dinner table. Stylistically, the elements I appreciated most were the sound mixing, beautifully mirroring the essence of each scene no matter what it was; as well as the editing, which did the very same thing.

Whiplash has been nominated for a total of 5 Oscars, including Best Picture in the 87th Academy Awards, taking place on February 22 2015.

You can catch the trailer for Whiplash below:

Rating: 8/10

See it/ Don’t see it: As one of the better dramas of 2014, I definitely recommend you see it.


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