This film honestly made me think a lot of the documentary Athlete A, which was about the sexual abuse perpetrated against members of the USA Gymnastics team, but was also about the broader abuse (mental, physical, emotional) of the entire gymnastics program.
Chazelle himself struggled to make it as a jazz drummer in high school, and stated that he had an intense music instructor who was an inspiration for Terence Fletchers character in the film.
What's unique about how this film builds tension is that most films use big stakes to build tension and get you on the edge of your seat but this film it's tense but it's really personal psychological tension like there's no life or death scenarios (well he gets hit by a car but other than that) her...
Set at the fictional Shaffer Conservatory of Music, the story concerns Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), a 19-year old drummer who is initially thrilled at the chance to be the drummer for Fletcher (J K Simmons), an abusive and power mad musical genius who has been known for going a little too far to ge...
You could link the movie title to these assumptions, because the arrangements that Andrew (Miles Teller) has to play in this masterful and highly rhythmic film may result in a neck injury.
by The Sci-Fi Slob
One such pupil Andrew Neiman, a first-year jazz drummer at the prestigious Shaffer music school, catches the attention of the unstable music teacher, and is taken under is wing and given a chance to prove himself.
And the movie shows the blood literally flowing in several scenes of the movie ; ditto for the sweat---the hero practices drumming till he is drenched in sweat...and the tears are an integral part of the film , for the hero breaks down like we all do when we try hard yet fail...
'Whiplash' gives you together with the central character of the film both sweaty palms, butterflies in your stomach and an almost unstoppable galloping heart rate, which pretty much falls seamlessly in sync with the fast and relentless drum beat that completely dominates the enormous soundscape of...
A solid and memorable character actor, Simmons gets the role of a lifetime as Fletcher, a perfectionist conductor who is not above blatantly manipulating or abusing his students in order to achieve a seemingly incomprehensible ideal of perfection.
There is not an ounce of mercy in this character, just the idea (or maybe the delusion) that his disturbing methods will lead one of his students to greatness, and that is clear from the beginning of the film to the very end.