An exciting glimpse into early 80s New York hip hop. While the MC battles are a bit corny and dated, it's easy to recognize the influence they spread throughout future generations of rappers. The scenes of emceeing and dancing and spray painting bring all kinds of different energies together into one wonderful, encompassing whole: lively, rhythmic, musical, visual, kinetic, wild.
I don't know about you, but the premise sounds dull enough that I would have passed on this movie if not for some really positive word of mouth. And am I glad I listened, because Whiplash is thrilling -- I mean, scenes of jazz band rehearsal had me actually thrilled more than any goddamn helicopter explosion or whatever probably could have.
Miles Teller plays an unassuming college freshman, the kind of teen who still goes to the movies with his…