Why I’m pumped: Miles Teller is a great up-and-coming actor, and J.K. Simmons has always been the kind of performer that seems to not get as big a role as I want for him. Reading the press release for this movie was exciting, and the trailer showcases the incredible tension between the two lead actors. I’m ready for Whiplash to come out stat.
Why I’m worried: How do you sustain this premise over an entire movie? It sounds more like an appealing short film you stumble upon online. The pressure is on director Damien Chazelle to keep the whole movie as fascinating as this trailer.
Audience Award: Whiplash won this award at Sundance, so while this sounds like the kind of film that critics drool over and regular people avoid, past Audience Award winners have been real crowdpleasers. We can only hope.