In 2014, a film surprised audiences and critics alike. Whiplash initially won the audience and the jury prize at the renowned Sundance film festival. A year later, the surprise film received five Oscar nominations including nominations for “Best Film” and “Best Actor in a supporting role”.
The representation J.K. Simmons and his partner Miles Teller made the movie about a young drummer of a unique event. But before the director Damien Chazelle realized the movie, he had to overcome numerous hurdles. Nobody wanted to finance his film about a young musician and his teacher. Therefore, the director decided to make a short film out of the material first. With this, he tried to get enough money again, and this time it was a success. Fortunately, that worked, because Whiplash has undoubtedly become one of the best films of the particular genre. The story shows a consistent script that consistently guides the viewer through the movie.
A Bully Demands the Maximum
Miles Teller plays the 19-year-old jazz drummer Andrew. He wants to go down in a music history as the next Charlie Parker. He wants to achieve this goal with the help of a very respected music school in New York. The legendary lecturer Terence Fletcher, played by J.K. Simmons, takes him on as a second cast in his big band and Andrew sees himself arriving shortly before his goal. But his initial joy quickly turns into a despair. His mentor turns out to be a bully who demands superhuman from his protégés. He encourages all musicians to perform at their best with cruel methods. He doesn’t accept any excuses. Anyone who does not completely submit to him are thrown out of the band. Andrew puts away all concerns and fears and starts the fight for his place as a musician. But he did not count on the consequence of his teacher. That is right about all methods to make his protégés perform at their best. The hardships at the music school soon affect his relationship with his girlfriend Nicole and his father. As an essential music competition approaches, the drummer’s struggle for recognition escalates.The title of the movie refers to a piece by Hank Levy. That is used repeatedly as a guiding principle during the plot. The word Whiplash says it all. The viewer almost feels the lashes that caused this destructive teacher and student relationship. The intense playing of the two main actors causes the real pain when watching this movie. At the core of the story is the unconditional will to power and art. In the unleashed finale on the drums, the conflicts explode and leave behind a film that makes a tremendous impression. Although the film only takes a place in large parts in the rehearsal room and on a stage, it immediately captivates its viewers. J.K. Simmons rightly won the Oscar for his demonic portrayal of the teacher.