Wednesday, November 26, 2014
‘Whiplash’ creates a relentless tempo
By GLOBE STAFF
Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash"
“Whiplash” begins with the steady tap-tap-tap of a drumstick on a snare and ends, one hour and 45 minutes later, with an apocalypse of percussion. In between, a young star comes of age, a much-loved character actor grabs the gold ring, and an up-and-coming filmmaker stakes his claim for greatness. I first saw the film in January at the Sundance Film Festival — maybe the only time I’ve seen an audience explode in cheers when a movie ended — and recently revisited it with trepidation. Was it that good?
Oh, yes. It’s that good.