WATCH: I was able to watch Whiplash this weekend at the New York Film Festival. It blew my mind because this was only the director, Damien Chazelle's, second feature film and he was able to so artfully create a movie that could have so easily been cheesy and instead made it a cutting edge, sharp, art film.
My big take away from the movie was, aside from how mind blowing Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons were in it, that the editing and the constant close ups, kept what could have potentially been dull shots of someone drumming for 3 to 4 minutes at a time, wildly exciting. Chazelle was able to create suspense, fear, and excitement. This movie was perfection for me and easily one of my most favorites from 2014.
I recommend everyone to go watch it because while the story may not be entirely compelling, it shows the power of filmmaking, and a director’s ability to draw you in. It shows that we don’t need a movie to be about terrorists, wild explosions, or high-speed car chases in order to keep you on the edge of your seat.