There are few people in this world who can really work with obscenities the way Michelangelo worked with stone or da Vinci with oils. J.K. Simmons is one of those people and it looks like he gets to show us the full range of his talent in the forthcoming Whiplash.
Note this trailer is from France so there is some swearing. Put on headphones if you’re at work.
Holy shit this looks intense. In a good way. Miles Teller has made a couple of crappy movies in the recent past but he’s an up and comer to keep an eye on and Whiplash might be the one that he breaks big with as a serious actor. Paired as the young hopeful against Simmons showing us the full extent of his mean side? This might be a must see.
Whiplash is out 10th October.
A pedagogical thriller and an emotional S&M two-hander, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash is brilliantly acted by Miles Teller as an eager jazz drummer at a prestigious New York music academy and J.K. Simmons as the teacher whose method of terrorizing his students is beyond questionable, even when it gets results. Dubbed “Full Metal Jacket at Juilliard” at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, Chazelle’s jazz musical was developed from his short film of the same name, which premiered at Sundance the previous year. The live jazz core that is fused with Justin Hurwitz’s ambient score, the blood-on-the-drum-kit battle between student and teacher, and the dazzling filmmaking will keep your pulse rate elevated from beginning to end. A kinesthetic depiction of performance anxiety—you don’t need to be a musician to feel it—Whiplash also presents us with a moral issue open to debate.