Movie Review: Whiplash (2014)

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Plot: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

Rating: 8/10

I watched Whiplash earlier this year but somehow I’ve never gotten around to reviewing it – preposterous, because it is really good.

 I enjoyed Whiplash very much. Miles Teller proves the faith I’ve put in him. I haven’t heard ANYTHING good about Fantastic Four, so we won’t talk about that, he did well enough in Divergent (although that whole franchise now borders on the Meh scale pretty high) and he even has a romcom thing under his belt from That Awkward Moment, and I really enjoy the guy when he is on screen.

Teller walked into Whiplash and shattered all previous records of how well a relatively new actor could fare in such a serious film. He is fantastic as Andrew. Andrew is a complex, layered character and it is admirable that such an inexperienced actor pulled this off. I think Teller and Andrew have some similarities – they are both incredibly talented and very determined to be a success (hopefully Teller’s determination is slightly healthier). Andrew is not only determined to be famous, he wants to be the famous name in the jazz world. His mental health is questionable, because while a drive to reach the top of your field is admirable and expected, he comes across as overzealous and unstable. I think if you are not some martial artist, blood is never an indication of the success of your work.

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JK Simmons as Terence Fletcher… wow. This guy is such a horrible person and he justifies his actions by claiming he wants to produce greats in the music industry. Every time I thought I couldn’t dislike him more than I did he went and did something that proved the complete opposite. JK Simmons deserved that Oscar. He was phenomenal and brought Fletcher to life few other people could have done.

I thought the camera work was beautiful and clear and accentuated the music and instruments especially. The final scene brought the movie to its crescendo – you think Andrew will get his traditional ending but that end is so much more worth than what would have been “pleasing”. Whiplash is deservedly one of the best movies of 2014. I think it might shift the balance in the top ten rankings of 2014 when I revisit that after I’ve seen the movies I still want to get to of last year. It is a great watch but heavy, so watch it if you are willing to be blown away!

Watchlist: April, May and Possibly June

EEK! All these movies have me super excited to see them. However, realistically I know that they will be spread over a couple of months due to exams 😦

Read, enjoy, and comment below!

Whiplash

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Plot: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential

I’m very much with the general population excited about Miles Teller. He’s got some excellent acting skills and has an everyday attractiveness to him that I particularly appreciate. I haven’t heard one bad word about this movie and would really like to check what the fuss is about. I’ve also heard that it is intense and compelling, and I really need an intense and compelling movie in my life right now.

Furious 7

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Plot: Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother

I’m such a massive fan of the franchise. It is buckets full of mindless fun and the characters seems like real family. Above and beyond Paul Walker’s death and his exit from the franchise, this was already a movie I was amped for before the tragic incident of his death.

The Longest Ride

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Plot: After an automobile crash, the lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man, as he reflects back on a past love.

If not only for the inappropriate comments I already wish to utter about that title, I have this thing where I love watching Nicholas Spark’s movies regardless if it is really bad or not (and let’s face it, it is mostly bad). The Longest Ride stars Scott Eastwood and Brit Robertson and seems like a very nice cheesy feast with romance and country boys making city girls fall for them. It also stars Oona Chaplin from our favourite GoT love story (fuck you, Filtch) so I would love to head out and see what these kids have to offer.

Pulp Fiction

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Plot: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

This one is for my Blindspot choices. I’ve actually started it quite a few times but then I see the time it runs and I remember I have this life I need to run and get other things done. I would really like to see what the fuss is about and if I like it as much as the rest of the world.

Jurassic Park 2

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Plot: A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda.

I’m working through all these dinos movies before Chris Pratt graces our big screen with his adorable mug and getting chased by new mutant dinos, which translates as I’ve managed to watch one of them and procrastinated on the rest. The First movie is big buckets full of fun, so I can see myself really enjoying the rest of them!

The Godfather (with Zoë)

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I’m the most scared to do this, because Mobster Bestie might rear her head if I don’t like this! #scared #running #formylife. This is also for my Blindspot series and it seems high time that I see why everyone loves it so much.

Insurgent

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Plot: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.

I will definitely wait this one out for the DVD release. Can’t see myself really getting lyrical about it, but it will be nice to continue the series.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

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IT IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which movies are you looking forward to?