I wanted something simple, fun, and easy to watch, and I guess this fulfilled all those criteria but my god is this disposable Hollywood garbage. Just bland, cliched, passionless, paycheck filmmaking. Steve Coogan making gay panic jokes as a tiny dancing Centurion honestly made me lose some respect for him.
Well this was quite something. I'd been slightly underwhelmed with the other Ingmar Bergman films I'd seen before this (Seventh Seal because it wasn't what I expected and Passion of Anna because it's a bit dull) but this has convinced me that he deserves his reputation as one of the great masters of cinema.
It's not an easy film to review, given that I'm not entirely sure what happened. It tells the story of an actress who suddenly turns mute…
I honestly can't think of a single thing I'd change - easily living up to the hype, Whiplash is one of the best films I've seen in ages.
The pacing of the story is perfect (how often do you watch a film and that's one of the first things that comes to mind?) and the simple tale of a young musician's drive to be the best under the tutelage of a mentor who seemingly knows no boundaries is intense, thrilling…