Opening on Andrew Neiman (Teller), enrolled in the fictitious but prestigious Shaffer Conservatory NY, and his every day numbness being second chair Drummer (in a lower level band) in his first year. Meek, shy, & doesn’t appear to have any friends, you instantly begin to root for the underdog.
He is randomly selected by Fletcher (Simmons), the Conductor of the Studio Band, to assist with the big dogs in Studio one day after Fletcher over-heard Neiman practising. Thus beginning the push/pull slash love/hate tutelage between the two.
We follow them on their progression to create their passionate music and the highs & lows of a seemingly unknown ‘cut throat’ industry.
Gripping, raw, and inspired by the Directors time in the Princeton High School Studio Band.
Be prepared to not quite be sure who you actually want to triumph in the end.
Watching as Neiman gets ‘chosen’ to assist the Studio band.
Observing just how deep the ripples of Fletchers mentoring methods go.
Quietly cheering for the underdog…. but not exactly sure who the underdog is.
The one BRILLIANT ‘Fuck You’ moment.
Realising what it takes for a professional, in that industry, to really make it.
Peer rivalry. Both inside the Conservatory and out.
My jaw hurt from the tension I was subjected to!
The horribly egotistical breakup scene…. yeesh
That ending! I don’t get why hollywood is now obsessed with wrapping up a great David and Goliath story without telling us what true success was achieved!
This film was a much better selection for Best Picture than some unmentionables we are subjected to nowadays. Something completely different, overlooking the typical ‘what I’ve overcome’ format, to educate and entrance us in something as simple as an instrument and the hold it can have on a person.
Simmons is SO gripping as Fletcher and Teller draws you in to believing that he is completely naive.
I did like the ending, however, i would of liked more of an epilogue after.
The story is most definitely worth a watch, even if jazz isn’t your ‘thing’, you will thoroughly enjoy the story and maybe even the music…