Whiplash is a smart drama, that puts you face-to-face with a terrifying music teacher, played by J.K. Simmons. This teacher has a very well-received band of his own, that he often takes in young kids to be a part of but they have to go through plenty of trials and tribulations before that can happen because, this teacher, doesn’t like giving his students an easy time.
Fletcher, the teacher in question, is so outrageous in his methods of employing teaching skills that he throws chairs at students when they are unable to grasp his concepts, and he does this squishing his temples and looking like a menace, in the process. This isn’t a heartwarming story of a student and his master, because the relationship is very difficult and sometimes even appears to be inhumane, from the outside.
But sometimes when you see the flippant arrogance exhibited by one student in particular, Andrew, over his desperation to get ahead, you wonder if he is being too hard with the practice for a vulnerable student or just doing his job. The film is directed by Damien Chazelle – the man known to weave together charming films such as Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) and Grand Piano (2013).
Film rating: 8/10.