What is it About:
Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity.
Why to Watch:
This movie turned the “musical” genre upside down. Exploring the relationship between a jazz student and his abusive teacher, Whiplash is taken to a different level by the sheer brilliance of the two lead actors. There are so many scenes and set-pieces which realistically portray the passion and the rawness of the musicians. Director Damien Chazelle makes sure that we get to witness the maddening energy of the jazz pieces, not to forget the exhilarating climax which sets it in another class thanks to the open nature of it. Technically the movie scores in all aspects, special mention to the cinematography which captures the on-stage pieces with panache and also the angst of Andrew Neiman to perfection. And beneath all the drama, lies a strong message which simply says – “Never give up on your dream”.
J.K. Simmons deservedly won the Oscar for ‘Supporting Actor’. The film also won 2 other Academy Awards (Best Sound Mixing and Best Editing) and made 10 times its budget at the box-office. Whiplash was universally acclaimed by critics and is rated highly at #45 in the IMDB Top 250 movies list. Unmissable for all!
Rating : 4.5/5 (Highly motivating masterpiece)