Perseverance and Dedication to One's Goal is Message of Whiplash
By Shakilur Rahman, Junior Writer
Whiplash, starring Miles Teller as Andrew Neiman and JK Simmons as Terence Fletcher, is a movie about a young aspiring drummer who wishes to become the best of the best.
To get there, Andrew also needs the best of the best teacher to guide him through his journey. That teacher is Fletcher, and he is nothing at all like Andrew had expected. Fletcher is very merciless and intimidating and is even willing to go beyond his legal limits. However, this does not stop Andrew Neiman, as he is willing to go through great lengths to ensure that he will indeed become the next great drummer just like his role model Buddy Rich.
Everything in this movie is great. It wastes no time to introduce the two major characters most of the audience will be wanting to watch. Immediately the chemistry between the two actors can be felt. This is shown when Fletcher recruits Andrew, which occurred during a very intense scene that taunts the audience of the events that would soon follow after. Things get serious once Andrew finally gets in to the band. Fletcher’s comments and intimidating remarks are so frightening that every single thing Fletcher does only glues the audience’s eyes to the screen more. Fletcher is no ordinary teacher, and he is willing to do anything to make sure his students are perfect even if it means throwing chairs at them.
The soundtrack is quite simple and elegant, but even though it won’t blow anyone’s mind, a movie about a kid who plays drums within one of the most elite band-classes probably doesn’t need a soundtrack in the first place. Although the jazzy background instrumental was still a nice touch to tense moments. Another great thing about the movie is that the overall plot is fluent and does not waste time on countless filler scenes. It made things less boring, and every scene developed the characters.
Even more impressive is the Oscar-winning performance of JK Simmons. His last widely recognized and notable role is J. Jonah Jameson in the original Spider-Man film series. In Whiplash, he is seen as one of the most both brilliant and the scariest teachers the audience may ever see on-screen. Throughout the film, his character insults Andrew and pushes him all the way to the edge of his abilities. Regardless of that, Andrew also responds with quick-witted responses, almost one-upping Fletcher himself. These insults are both funny and quick-witted, and will make the audience stay at the edge of their seats the entire film especially in one intense scene during a heated confrontation.
One of the key reasons why this movie is so great is because of how surprisingly inspirational the film is. Andrew Neiman would endure anything to make sure he has a place in the world, whether his parents believe in him or not. For most of the film, it was just Andrew and his drum-sets, working to become the next legend. Anyone can relate to this film; however, whether or not anyone wants to become a musical prodigy doesn’t matter because it’s the person’s dedication and will to reach their goals, and it doesn’t matter what it will take and who the person has the disappoint. It showcases the ambition everyone has, but because of environmental factors, may not try their best and tend to give up a lot of times.
Andrew, knows by heart that every obstacle he encounters is just one step closer to becoming better at what he loves, and one step closer to mean something to the world. All of this is shown and channeled through the actors perfectly and with great timing. Miles Teller previously had not been known to be a great actor, but after this film it is obvious things will change. Even the girlfriend Nicole (Melissa Benoist), who had a small role in the film; knocked it out of the park.
Whiplash is most definitely Oscar worthy and it deserves all the praise it gets.
Best Supporting Actor - JK Simmons
Adapted Screenplay - Damien Chazelle
Best Supporting Actor,
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Mixing
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