“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job'”. What is sure to be remembered as the most iconic line of this film, should tell you all about what kind of movie it is. What kind of movie is Whiplash? the best answer I can say is relentless. A film that screams a lot of social commentary while never truly addressing it in a direct way. It fills scene after scene with so much tension I actually think screenwriter Damien Chazelle had a physical elephant in his room when he wrote it.
The story follows Andrew Neyman portrayed by Miles Teller, who is a new student in one of the most prestigious music schools in the country. The school has an infamous instructor named Mr. Fletcher by portrayed J.K. Simmons. He leads the #1 jazz orchestra in the school and rules it with an iron fist. The only thing shorter than his patience is the amount of time you have to make a good impression on him. Fletcher sizes students up in mere moments of them playing any selection. Even being selected for his band is a double edge sword because the status of being on the band comes hand in hand with tremendous pressure and abuse. Neyman has a spark, a desire to be one of the greats, but can it survive the weight of Fletcher’s expectations.