New ‘Whiplash’ Trailer is Not Safe for Work and Probably Best Unseen


Whiplash trailer
J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in Whiplash
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

I saw Whiplash last week and while I’m saving my review for the Toronto Film Festival I will say if you’re already interested in seeing this you may want to skip this newest trailer out of France. As with most trailers, it gives away a few key events, not to mention I walked into this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it other than it was a movie about a music school drummer (Miles Teller) and his instructor (J.K. Simmons) and to have Simmons’ character come completely out of nowhere is something I think every movie lover should experience.

Then again, what the hell do I know, I hardly watch any trailers so maybe knowing 75% of the story and every character trait before walking into a movie is the only way to watch movies nowadays.

I will, however, say this… I wouldn’t mind seeing Miles Teller score an Oscar nomination and Simmons is right there with Tom Hardy (Locke), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) as one of four performances I’ve seen this year I whole-heartedly believe deserves an Oscar nomination.

In Whiplash, Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability — and his sanity.