Last year, Miller Teller captured my heart and my respect after seeing him star in the indie film The Spectacular Now. It was pretty obvious this kid had some talent, but after a couple of super random parts in mediocre teenager films, I got a little disappointed.
But to be fair, every actor, specially indie films actors need to play mediocre but high paying roles in order to be able to accept more challenging and less profitable projects. Because these independent and more artistic films, such as Whiplash, are the ones that will catapult them into the acting elite. And that was exactly the case for Milles Teller in Whiplash.
This young actor just played the role of his life. This film was most likely going to be pretty good with or without Teller, but having him was certainly one of the key elements that made this film one of the best of the year.
The rest of the cast was full of great indie stars: J.K Simmons, well known by his role in Juno, was outstanding too. He was so good I almost hate him. What a good way to play the biggest asshole!
The cinematography was impecable. From beginning to end, the colors, the angles and the lights are just wonderful. I felt so captivated by the visuals and the music that I almost wanted to be able to pause and rewind some parts to enjoy them once again. (This is the kind of movie you can watch over and over again).
Hands down, Whiplash is among my top 10 of the year. Wouldn't be surprised if it makes it into the list of Best Films for this year's Academy Awards.