Sadly it seems movie producers have stopped being creative. They’re content with remakes and ridiculous amounts of sequels (cough cough Fast and the Furious) to pad their wallets instead of actually brainstorming an unique idea. To be honest, the same can be said for music producers, tv producers and clothing designers, but that’s another blog.
There used to be a time when creative vision weighed more on a man’s conscience than a million bucks, but it seems those times are gone…..well almost! Fortunately, every once in awhile you get a glimpse of hope from someone who tried something new!
Whiplash the movie was written by Damien Chazelle, and was produced by Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, Michel Litvak and David Lancaster.
Whiplash is one of the best movies ever made because it’s a film that contains NO sex, NO guns, NO extraterrestrial and NO drugs. It manages to captivate the audience by going back to the basics: having a darn good plot with actors that were perfect for their roles!
Miles Teller who played Andrew Neiman is a first-year drummer who ends up in Terrence Fletcher’s studio band. Fletcher is played by J.K. Simmons and immediately once they meet, you realize Fletcher is a teacher from Hell who has no compassion or remorse. I was intrigued, terrified, tense and anticipatory all throughout the movie.
It was a good movie because you didn’t know how far it was going to push the envelope. There was suspense in each and every frame. Neiman’s passion to become one of the greatest drummers of all time was inspiring and uplifting. You couldn’t resist cheering him on as Fletcher tried to replace him with another drummer.
Simmons, the overly aggressive, yet extremely talented, famed conductor clearly had no restraints as the physical and verbal abuse continued to escalate even at the closing credits.
And for nearly 2 hours, you watch Neiman literally risking his life for a chance to prove his worthiness. There’s a part in the movie where I felt Neiman had actually let his passion of becoming the greatest completely takeover his ability to be rational, and I felt sorry for him that he couldn’t find middle ground.
The movie…was just… IMMACULATE: