Last night I went to an advance screening of the new movie ‘Whiplash’ at Odeon Belfast- on the day it was announced that the $3million dollar film is up for five Oscars (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Film Editing.)
The film is about a talented young drummer called Andrew (Miles Tenner) who is studying at the prestigious Schaffer Conservatory of Music. He is chosen by the fierce and passionate conductor, Terence Fletcher, (JK Simmons) to play in the school’s stunning jazz band.
Fletcher is dominating and unforgiving, cruelly cutting students from the band for the slightest of mistakes . Andrew pushes himself both physically and emotionally; at times, torturing himself to be the best.
The film is clever and emotional. At times it is intense. Viewers will be captivated by the music, but I’d say more so if you are a jazz enthusiast (as much of the movie is filled with music, as well as dialogue.)
I thought the movie was slow to start as I wasn’t sure where this student/teacher relationship might go – but by the climax, I was hooked.