Whiplash has been sweeping away awards at the ongoing award
season with actor J.K. Simmons winning awards and Oscar nod
as well for Best Supporting Actor. The American drama directed by
Damien Chazelle, is based on his experiences in the Princeton High
School Studio Band.
The movie with its very first scene makes you feel how
first-year jazz student Andrew Neima (Miles Teller) works hard to become
the best drummer and gets trained under the fearsome yet
perfectionist Conductor Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) at the
prestigious Shaffer Conservatory in New York.
Inspiring to become 'Buddy Rich', Andrew works really hard and
makes it to Terrence's studio band as the alternate for Carl, the
core drummer, but soon replaces him to become the core drummer
after perform "Whiplash" from memory at a local jazz
Andrew practicing scenes are very moving as he does until his
hands bleed and Andrew becomes so passionate, that he breaks up
with his girlfriend Nicole, who works at a theatre where he goes to
watch movies with his dad (Paul Reiser).
Students in Terrence's studio band are scared of him and it is
clearly shown how he makes them bring out their perfection during
practice. From using abusive words to yelling and throwing chairs
at them including Andrew of course, Terrence tries to bring out the
best performance of his band members during the training.
A few days later, teary Terrence tells his class that his
talented former student, Sean Casey, has died in a car accident.
The band then rehearsing "Caravan", but Ryan, the new alternate
drummer for Andre and Carl struggles with the tempo.
Fletcher auditions Andrew, Ryan and Carl for hours while the
class waits outside despite all three struggling to keep tempo and
finally gives the core position to Andrew as he beats the later two
to become the fastest playing drummer in the class. They all leave
after practicing further at 4 am before the big jazz
While on his way to the jazz competition, Andrew's bus breaks
down. To arrive on time, he rents a car, but arrives late for
rehearsal before the show where he gets into a do or die situation
due to Terrence who tries to replace him with Ryan as Andrew
arrived without his drumsticks.
Furious Andrew promises to return before the show and drives
back to the car rental office to collect the drumsticks but as he
speeds back, his car is hit by a truck.
Crawling from the wreckage, badly hurt, Andrew arrives and
starts to play with broken finger but fails. Terrence tells him he
is 'done' and this leaves him angry and he attacks him on the
After being expelled from Shaffer, Andrew leaves his passion for
drumming which he had since childhood and starts focusing on his
However, he is dragged back to Terrence when he is contacted by
a lawyer representing the parents of Sean Casey to stand up against
the fearsome teacher. The lawyer explains that Sean actually hanged
himself, suffering from anxiety and depression after joining
Fletcher's class which takes Andrew by surprise as Terrence told in
the class that he died in a car accident. Sean's parents want to
prevent Fletcher from teaching so Andrew agrees to testify which
gets Fletcher fired.
Months later, Andrew finds Fletcher playing a piano in a club.
Both sit for drinks where Fletcher explains that he pushes his
students beyond the expected so they might achieve greatness. He
invites Andrew to perform at a festival concert with his band as
his drummer is not that good. Andrew agrees and starts practicing
again. He also invites his ex girlfriend Nicole after apologising
to her, but she has moved on and is dating someone else.
Andrew is least aware that Fletcher is taking his revenge on him
as he knew that Andrew got him fired. Just before the show begins,
Andrew is not given the new piece which the band starts performing.
Confused and humiliated, Andrew leaves the stage but returns and
begins playing "Caravan", interrupting Fletcher as he addresses the
This is the time when you must watch how Andre performs the
breathtaking solo for a long period of time and how his band mates
follow him to end up a piece of perfect Caravan. After the 'one of
the greats' performance, Fletcher gives a nod of approval to Andrew
as he finishes.
Performances in the movie is brilliant and the music is classic.
J.K. Simmons is tough and Miles Teller is awesome as the aspiring
Oscar nominated film, Whiplash in short is one of the best films which will leave you speechless!