On the way home last week, from seat 45F in the tail of the Delta 767, I watched Whiplash on the tiny screen in the back of the headrest of 44F from Charles de Gaul to Salt Lake City Interesting movie. Watched it because I am a drummer, and Skoda (J.K. Simmons) has always fascinated me as an actor - he's even good in the Farmer's Insurance commercials. Also watched it because getting comfortable and falling asleep on a 11 hour flight is impossible while sitting in a coach seat on a turbulent trans-Atlantic crossing. [Note: aircraft designs put the horizontal stabilizers in the tail on purpose, as that's the part of the plane that wants to bounce up and down the most in turbulence].
Simmons plays a complete and utter asshole, who is defective as a human being and as a band director. He's an anachronistic ego-maniac who has drunk too much of his own Koolaid. The mono-dimensionality of his character and the lack of any redeeming qualities puts him on par with a Bond villain for dislikability. Miles Teller does an OK job as the protagonist "Andrew" I just never really believed his drumming in the movie.
If you're a drummer, watch Whiplash. If you're not a drummer, and want to see a total ass hole band director paralyze his stage band with the utmost fear... then this film may interest you.
1 year ago