The pursuit of perfection: J.K. Simmons slays in “Whiplash”

Reel Rambler

Well holy freaking shit.

From The Slumdog Millionaire to Unbroken, most of us are suckers for a good underdog story, but no movie has been able to achieve the feat of gripping its audience like 2014’s Whiplash did.

Directed by Damien Chazelle (who, by the way, is 30 years old with this as his sophomore film), Whiplashpresents viewers with an intense and exhilarating experience unmatched in recent years; even decades, perhaps.

The film tells the story of Shaffer conservatory music school conductor, Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), with his unorthodox methods of teaching and philosophies about life and fulfillment of potential, and first-year jazz drummer Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller).

In what is, I believe, the best acting performance by an actor this year, whether in a leading or supporting role, J.K. Simmons shines as a tough instructor adamant on bringing out the very…

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