Whiplash is a 2014 American film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The film stars Miles Teller and J. K Simmons as the lead characters. The film also stars Paul Reiser Melissa Benoist in supporting roles.
Andrew Neiman, who is aspiring to become a professional drummer, enrolls Shaffer Conservatory. The only obstacle that sits between him and his desire for success, is his abusive and ruthless instructor, Terrance Fletcher, who will stop at nothing to make sure that his music is played perfectly.
Why It Rocks
- Amazing performances, especially from Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons, whom the latter won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor because of his performance.
- Beautiful cinematography, which brings out the film's dark nature.
- Great Soundtrack, the music is extraordinary to listen to.
- Fletcher, despite being extremely abusive for a music teacher, he is still a fair man and he only wants the best from all his students. However, do check BQs #1 and 2 for regarding Fletcher.
- Most of the characters in the film are likable.
- Memorable quotes like "Not quite my tempo", "rushing", "dragging", and "FASTER!"
- Watching Fletcher berate and shout at the students, can be very hard to watch. This is true, especially if you had to deal with abuse in your life.
- Speaking of which, the part where he hurled a chair at Neiman's head was beyond extreme (thankfully Neiman dodged it in time). What's even more shocking is that he never gets arrested for anything that he's done throughout the film.
- Carl blaming Neiman for losing the former's folder was quite irritating to look at. Based on that, it can be very easy to just hate that character because of the way that he spoke to Neiman and what's worse is that, he doesn't even apologize for shouting at him!
The was very well-received and it was one of the films, that really launched Damien Chazelle's successful career in the film industry. The film was nominated for the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing, in which the film won the latter 3 awards.
. This film is based of the short film Whiplash, which was released the year prior to this film.