Review: Andrew Neyman is a young jazz drummer. He enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory. His dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor Terence Fletcher. Andrew’s love for drumming spirals into obsession. His teacher pushes him to the brink of ability and his sanity.
Director: Damien Chazelle
Actor: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Melissa Benoist
Year: 2014
Genre: Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
If someone asked you what film you were going to see next and told them it would be Whiplash, the response would probably be “Ohh boring, a film about drumming”. I would be on the same path as them but this is something else. It is about drumming but it is electrifying. A film once watched you would never forget. So many unforgettable scenes. Both Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons are fantastic. There is a scene where Miles Teller tackles J.K. Simmons. On this scene J.K. Simmons cracked two of his ribs but still continued working. This is partially a true story as Damien Chazelle was in a band when he was a student in high school. J.K. Simmons learnt to play the piano and also trained as a conductor for the movie. At university he attended the university of Montana where he got a music degree. The editing in this film is brilliant. Watch out for the phrase in this “It’s not quite my tempo”. It is a phrase that we could all be using soon or one that could stick in people’s mind. Other films that drive people to success and also to the breaking point are The Red Shoes and also Black Swan (Although both about dancing). At the Academy Awards in 2015 this won 3 awards. They were for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (J.K. Simmons), Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2015 this won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (J.K. Simmons). At the Bafta Film Awards the same year this also won 3 awards and they were for Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons), Best Editing and for Best Sound. 


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