Members' ratings and comments for Whiplash shown on 14th October 2015
Members’ rating: 84.5% A-40, B-24, C-8, D-2, E-0. 74 votes from 111 members who signed in
Members’ comments: [We have again sequenced the comments by the rating given]
‘A’s: A unique and totally riveting film – brilliant. Brilliant film! I was as exhausted as he was – didn’t expect it to be that engrossing. Not the sort of film I would normally watch, uncomfortable watching in places but compelling: loved the unusual camera angles, it felt like a silent instrument. I didn’t think I wanted to see it, but in every way it was the best I’ve seen for a long time. I would never have thought that drumming could be the centre of such a thrilling film – very creative. Superb, spellbinding from start to finish. Horribly gripping, especially for musicians. Shocking: it was shockingly good. I can see why some disliked it, but the performance of JK Simmons was out of this world! Excellent but disturbing. I didn’t expect to be traumatised by a film about drumming – terrifying. Totally absorbing, believable characters: intense. How sometimes an enemy can ignite your determination and passion - will never look at drumming in the same way again! What a bastard teacher – but he needed to be!! Compelling performances and story. Very gripping, powerful – a masterpiece but I wouldn’t want my musician son to go through that for any success. What price perfection? Fantastic, great film. Just to show you don’t need a big budget for a great film. Energising, despite the cruelty. Stressful but excellent viewing! Amazing film, inspiring story, great music and what an ending! Motto of today: push them beyond their enjoyment. Loved it – unexpected ending: great music. Best film so far! I felt exhausted just watching. Gripping film excellent acting but neither character very likeable: interesting dilemma about what is acceptable to drive excellence. You didn’t need to be a jazz fan to realize what a good film this was. Very entertaining film – amazing soundtrack. Great music with enough story to carry it. Very disturbing with several plot twists: really good. Beautifully acted and a wonderful soundtrack – orchestral scenes well shot. Surprisingly basic story but comes good at the end - simple storytelling sometimes works! Great acting and music – I love watching people playing instruments as I cannot – film was like going to a concert but much more tense! Great story, great characters, great pace and a great film. Superb performance by JK Simmons as the abusive, mocking and insulting instructor, Terence Fletcher. Brilliant acting and directing - is that what it takes to reach perfection??
‘B’s: Very powerful film, exploring the depth of commitment to your art. Who knew there was so much to drumming? Excellent acting, creditable plot and exhausting! I wonder how near real life this film demonstrates? Excellent music, great portrayal of the 2 main characters: I loved the photography. Always thought there was something manic – mad – about jazz – now I know. Could have been a little shorter, but very powerful. Good contrast with the froideur of the last two-hander ‘45 Years’ – could feel the heat and sweat from the back row. Very good story line: very good acting: could have done without the bad language. Well acted - good storyline – great music – in the end did good triumph over evil? Intense, well constructed, dramatic: the way to beat a bully is to take him on. I still didn’t like the cruelty – even for a purpose. Harrowing. Well done, but unpleasant. Didn’t enjoy it as much on a second viewing, but still possessed terrific drive and a great score.
‘C’s: Too much music and not enough story. I think that one needs to like jazz in order to enjoy this film, which I don’t, but Whiplash was well made and the acting was superb. Drumming rather tedious at end of film – did not like the language of Fletcher – it was too much and unnecessary. Difficult to watch at time – the brutality of Fletcher was disturbing: Exhausted by the end of the film. A film with a moral perhaps: loved the jazz. Bit too much the same – why did the other drummer die in a car crash! What a teacher shouldn’t be, but I enjoyed it!
‘D’s: Nasty. Well observed study but with testosterone levels through the roof it was a hard watch.