Whiplash

Whiplash

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Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite East coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 12, 2018

This movie shows young jazz musician and drummer, Andrew Neiman, as he attempts to rise to the top of his music conservatory. Finally, a well known instructor invites Andrew to join his jazz ensemble where he will drum. The teacher is known to be strict, and forces Andrew to perform to the very best of his ability even if it means losing his sanity. Miles Teller has an amazing performance as Andrew and makes you feel like you are truly experiencing his life with him. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to anyone with a passion and a love for music. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Nooksack20
Apr 05, 2018

Opinions are all over the place with this one. I found it less than entertaining.

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Solid, intense movie. J.K. Simmons was outstanding!

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Ianandson
Jan 01, 2018

This movie was fantastic. It's all about what you're willing to sacrifice to be the best.

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Nursebob
Nov 14, 2017

With raucous musical interludes punctuated by Simmons’ explosive rants and Teller’s focused meltdowns (he hammers out drum solos until his hands are raw and bloody), writer/director Damien Chazelle’s high-pressured indie feature turns one young man’s single-minded passion into a psychological battlefield. Forsaking love and family for his art, Neiman is at first cowed by the devil screaming in his face—he even begins to emulate Fletcher’s arrogant disregard for everything outside the studio—but every man has his limits and how far is too far? Paul Reiser co-stars as Andrew’s father, a man who’s own compromised dreams of becoming a writer jar against his son’s reckless ambition to succeed no matter what. Greatness always comes at a cost and Chazelle leaves his audience wondering whether or not that price is too high.

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PHAERTE1
Nov 02, 2017

I didn't think the story was realistic.

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miniduf
Oct 06, 2016

One of the best movies I have ever seen with strong lead performances. Gripping and intense

LoganLib_Bailey Jul 04, 2016

A gripping story about how far a young man is willing to go for his dream.

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bradenbost
May 24, 2016

As a movie, as a story, as an experience, and as a display of acting performances, this film is FANTASTIC. Gripping, moving, and tragic. It's stuck with me for days.

As a representation of music (both of jazz, and in general) and learning music and being a musician, it's pretty poor. That wasn't the goal of the writer, director, and cast, to be fair, but it still gets frustrating or silly if you think too hard about it: why doesn't Andrew ever play with anyone besides this one ensemble? Why is it that all he does is play and listen to jazz? How is it he's as advanced as he's supposed to be but doesn't know how to properly hold sticks so his hands don't bleed? What is Fletcher teaching these students other than drill-sergeant-esque fear? What does Fletcher want out of Andrew besides *faster playing* and *exact tempo*? Why does everyone in this movie think that great music careers are made via singular moments and performances? Why would anyone of Andrew's supposed caliber suppose failure under Fletcher translates to failure as a musician?

Again, as a film, this movie deserves all the praise it received, but don't think that it represents music and musicianship in any proper way.

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rslade
May 23, 2016

Great acting at the service of a very flawed premise. OK, that's one way to teach (or conduct), and it works well with a select group of driven geniuses, and I take it that we are to assume that an understanding is reached. But a real teacher (or conductor) has other batons in his bag. (And where, pray tell, is the administration in all of this? That doesn't automatically trigger an investigation into a trip that involves a car accident?)

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Terence Fletcher: There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job.

alera Jun 24, 2015

I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them. I believe that's an absolute necessity.

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jimg2000
Apr 26, 2015

Fletcher: I don't think people understood what it was I was doing at Shaffer. I wasn't there to conduct. Any f-king moron can wave his arms and keep people in tempo. I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them. I believe that is... an absolute necessity. Otherwise, we're depriving the world of the next Louis Armstrong. The next Charlie Parker. I told you about how Charlie Parker became Charlie Parker, right? ... So imagine if Jones had just said: "Well, that's okay, Charlie. That was all right. Good job. "And then Charlie thinks to himself, "Well, s--t, I did do a pretty good job." End of story. No Bird. That, to me, is an absolute tragedy. But that's just what the world wants now. People wonder why jazz is dying.

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jimg2000
Apr 26, 2015

Dinner conversation (Andrew was the arrogant genius):

Uncle: You got any friends, Andy?
Andrew: No.
Uncle: Oh, why's that?
Andrew: I don't know, I just never really saw the use.
Uncle: Well, who are you going to play with otherwise? Lennon and McCartney, they were school buddies, am I right?
Andrew: Charlie Parker didn't know anybody 'til Jo Jones threw a cymbal at his head.
Uncle: So that's your idea of success, huh?
Andrew: I think being the greatest musician of the 20th century is anybody's idea of success.
Jim: Dying broke and drunk and full of heroin at the age of 34 is not exactly my idea of success.
Andrew: I'd rather die drunk, broke at 34 and have people at a dinner table talk about me than live to be rich and sober at 90 and nobody remembered who I was.
Uncle: Ah, but your friends will remember you, that's the point.
Andrew: None of us were friends with Charlie Parker. *That's* the point.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Apr 11, 2015

“There are no two words more harmful than 'good job.'"

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PearlyKayAm1
Jun 16, 2015

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

Coarse Language: A lot. Not gonna lie, kinda funny sometimes.

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