Sunday movie: Whiplash

I remember starting my blog, back then I did share some more of the movies I’ve watched and dishes I’ve cooked … and I wondered why I had stopped doing this. There was no particular reason, I was just trying out different things. So maybe it is time to bring back a lazy Sunday memory and share a movie I watched, a book I read or a dish I cooked?

Let’s start with a movie that’s currently running in Hong Kong and that I really enjoyed watching: Whiplash.


It’s a movie about jazz music, but it is no lame musical comedy. What’s the story? An esteemed music teacher who’s notorious for his strict rules/losing his temper and emotional abuse (but all in the name of turning the student into a true master of his/her instrument) teaches a young jazz drummer, who is really determined to make a name for himself no matter what it takes.

But is it really no matter what it takes? The teaching methods are harsh, the student plays almost until he collapses – and throughout the movie the atmosphere is tense. The movie is intense, inspiring and well-acted – no wonder it got so many high ratings and positive reviews!

The movie is without any special effects – and only shot in a few locations (the jazz school, on stage, the dorm of the student). It features a lot of close shots, it is very intimidating … and it does not leave room for the actors to make mistakes. J.K. Simmons plays the fierce teacher Terence Fletcher and Miles Teller is the student Andrew Neyman, and both performances are breath-taking.

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie – the acting was superb, the music was great and the story line is very realistic. Without giving too much away: the ending won’t let you down. Go and see it for yourself!

The movie was released in January 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival and has been shown at several festivals, before it went on broad release on Oct 16 in Hong Kong, followed by Philippines, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. Unfortunately, most European countries will have to wait until 2015 before Whiplash will be shown – but the wait is worth it!

Thumbs up!


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