Whiplash (15)


Dunkertons Cider Shop, Cheltenham, GL52 6UT
Mon 29th April 2024


Get in the mood for the Jazz Festival by coming to see this brilliant film about an aspiring jazz musician.

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man's life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.

Whiplash reminds audiences that a powerful drama requires little more than two titanic performances on a simple set. JK Simmons delivers the performance of his lifetime by channeling all of the menace of his HBO roots. The directorial work is also topnotch and technically outstanding. Captivating long shots and masterfully executed camera work draws the audience into this brilliant study into obsession. The movie maintains a nearly relentless pace throughout without losing an ounce of its allure. A simply breathtaking study in how carefully chosen scenes and razor sharp dialogue can do true justice to a film's message and theme. A must see movie and a true classic in the making.


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