I have already seen over one hundred 2014 releases, most of which I have reviews up for and a few of which will be coming once #ScaryMovieMonthAtDCM finishes, and so I've obviously seen plenty of great films that were released this year. When I first saw The Rover at Sydney Film Festival I knew that I had just witnessed something great. As it turns out, I was one of the few people to five star the film. At the time it was my favourite film of the year. Almost two months ago I saw Boyhood. It killed me to say it, but I enjoyed it a heck of a lot more than I did The Rover. I really wanted The Rover to be the best film of the year, but when put next to Richard Linklater's twelve year in the making masterpiece it doesn't stand a chance. I've now seen Whiplash, and it's caused The Rover to once again move down a spot on my favourite films of the year list. Sorry.
Miles Teller never falls behind, giving what is also his greatest performance to date. For the few people who managed to go out and do themselves a favour by watching The Spectacular Now last year, I'm sure you'll be surprised to hear that that's now Miles Teller's second best performance yet. In Whiplash he gives it his all. It's a very demanding role. We watch him turn from a kind spirited young adult, going to the movies with his father and innocently asking one of the employees, Nicole (Melissa Benoist), out on a date, to an insulting and broken person who wants nothing else in life than to be a famous drummer. We're forced to watch as his character plays the drums unlike anyone I've ever seen, playing so hard that his blood gets spilt all over the drum kit. It's a challenging watch, but it's worth it by the time the film comes to a close.
After a slow, but steady ten minutes, the film comes and sucker punches us with a satisfying, shocking and confronting ending. The film doesn't necessarily die down, but it certainly slows a bit towards the end, which was actually much needed. The film goes from constant excitement and shocks to an easy-going series of scenes, only to start the insanity right back up again with an ending that's filmed incredibly well and will leave you speechless.