Sunday, January 18

Whiplash Movie Review

Andrew (Miles Teller), a promising 19-year-old drummer at a cutthroat Manhattan music conservatory, has little interest in being just a musician. Haunted by his father’s failed writing career and plagued with the fear that mediocrity just might be genetic, Andrew dreams of greatness. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he practices daily until his hands literally bleed. The pressure of success ratchets into high gear when he is picked to join the school band led by the infamous Terence Fletcher (J.K Simmons), a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Under Fletcher’s ruthless direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.

Watched Whiplash. Personally, I felt that story was simple yet classic on its own. The show was well-crafted with a rather good flow. Initially, it appear quite predictable without much substance however, as the story continue, I realised there was more to it. I never expect to see such a twist coming along this direction which certainly make this show a intense one.

Honestly, I was rather traumatise by the band practice scenes where the instructor - Terence Fletcher being so strict to the group. He have high expectations on each individual that portray him pretty ruthless and one who could cause harm to any student. It seems that they are under-going some military training instead. 

As a instructor, I do agree that there will not be progressive improvement with only nice words; you have to be wise and give honest views about your student. However, I thought that Fletcher method was ruthless to a certain extent.

An inspiring film telling individuals never to give up but to persevere on in any circumstances to pursue your dreams. With that little faith, seize every opportunity as that may create a platform for you to start with.

Ratings: 4.7/5