“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.”
You know those army films where there’s a vicious, bullying sergeant who picks on a new recruit?
Well take that scenario, put it in a college jazz band and you have ‘Whiplash’.
At times unbearable (to me) for the unnecessary cruelty meted out on a young man who cares about his music more than anything in life, this is a brilliantly-directed and acted film that keeps you interested throughout.
J.K.Simmons gives, probably, the performance of his life (he won best supporting actor at the Oscars and a Golden Globe for his performance) and relative newcomer Miles Teller does a wonderful job as the downtrodden hero.
If you’re a fan of The Apprentice, you will love this. Bullying and striving for excellence run through the whole thing, as does the genuine desire, from all, to create the best art they are capable of.
Give it a go.