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Whiplash (2014)Better late than never. 'Whiplash' delivers all the intensity and… More Better late than never. 'Whiplash' delivers all the intensity and ferocity of some of the most uptempo action movies to date with its relationship between Miles Teller as the student and JK Simmons, the instructor. What an incredible dynamic the two actors had on screen. Their characters, and the story itself, may have been a bit over the top for Hollywood, but it still gives you great insight into how a musician's greatness is cultivated over time. Sure it takes a special kind of natural talent and luck of the draw in the gene pool, but even with this resembling the most extreme sides of the business, there feels to be a hint of truth in it. It's clear why JK Simmons won best supporting actor for his performance. Method to the madness might be the best way to describe how he walks through life while training these kids. For Miles Teller, I'm super impressed with his ability to pick up the drums and train the way he did over a couple of months to at least get the jist of those songs down. While great editing and breaking the songs into chunks to make it appear as if Teller was really tearing it up in one fluid play-through, he still gets a standing ovation. You can actually see the lightbulb switch on in the final ten minutes when they start Caravan. Not just for Teller's character finally hitting his full potential, but for Simmons' character coming to terms with his teaching techniques proving him right. They hit the high hat with this one.
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