Whiplash ★★★★★

This film is relentless. Paced so perfectly, and building to a climax with more energy than I can remember ever seeing on film - a perfect fusion of emotional explosion and kinetic momentum that left me shaking in a hot sweat. What Damien Chazelle has managed to craft here in story, so driven by a singular unwavering purpose, is masterful. And not just in the effortless pacing and incredible dynamism on display here, but in the directness of its narrative and the efficient focus demonstrated. Characters are given just enough depth to make them matter, without spending any time dwelling outside of what’s relevant to the core arc.

Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons so infuse the film with raw energy that it's incredibly difficult to separate the emotional experience from the sensory one - and such is the way with any exceptional film. But to focus solely on the energy of the emotional does a disservice to such beautiful work being done in the visual and auditory realms. Sharone Meir’s photography and Tom Cross’s editing skills each make for an incredible viewing experience, while the music itself is, as much a character as Teller and Simmons, with its own breadth and depth.

Rarely does a film equate to a pure experience, and rarer still is that experience so perfectly encapsulated in such an impactful way. Whiplash is something truly unforgettable.