Whiplash Review

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man's life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.


I’m a bad fan. I love Miles Teller but haven’t seen Whiplash till last night. I’ve had had the film since it came out. It’s just in my laptop. I just kept forgetting to watch it! I’ve read many great reviews about it, and it only made me love Miles Teller more.


The film starts with the first encounter of Andrew and Fletcher. You could tell Andrew is this reserved character that has something inside of him that’s bursting to come out. Fletcher, you could tell right away he was a difficult character.


Eventually, Andrew is recruited by Fletcher in his elite jazz band. As a member of that band, your position is fleeting. One day you’re in, the next day you’re out. It was that way for Andrew. He became a core member and that’s where his obsession started. He was literally bleeding for his art.


Andrew met into a car accident while on his way back to a contest, he was such in a rush to get back, afraid that an alternate would take his place. His rented car got hit by a truck, and I thought that was it. But it only got crazier from there. He got out of his toppled car, grabbed his sticks and ran four blocks, to get to the contest in time. Now that’s hard core. He wanted it so bad, but it back fired on him.


He got kick out of school because he finally did what probably everyone in the band wanted to do – kick Fletcher’s ass. I guess he wanted to avenge himself, that he wouldn’t be the only one going down. He brought Fletcher with him. Fletcher got kicked out of the school as well.


One summer, Andrew and Fletcher met in a bar where Fletcher was a guest pianist. He asked Andrew to be his drummer in his project. When you thought Andrew had learned, it seems he did not learn anything at all. Fletcher sabotaged him in front of important people that mattered in their world. Of course he knew Andrew was the reason he lost his job! He’s as cunning as hell!


I literally looked away at the scene of the sabotage. He was just so lost! Fletcher, you prick! And just when I thought that was it. He’s just gonna have to make it on his own as a drummer or form his own band, he walks back to the kit and plays whiplash with pure perfection, which pleased Fletcher. The end.


I’d like to think that after their rough start as student-mentor, they developed a great relationship that lasted for decades. Or they could’ve killed each other right after that piece.


I should learn a thing or two about passion in this movie.

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