Terence Fletcher: There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘Good Job’.
We had the chance to catch Whiplash the other day, a movie about a torturous, far-beyond-driven, narcissistic teacher looking for the next musical great, and an equally driven and passionate student who dares to be great.
I loved it.
Here’s the official trailer:
9/10 for sheer disturbing dragout intensity. And when I get disturbed, it’s usually a sign of a good movie (I’m forced to think and start to question parts of the movie, then discussion follows).
Make no mistake, this is more than just a drum / jazz music flick. This is a movie about a bad (or good) teacher-student chemistry at loggerheads committed by a common dream.
This dynamic could easily take place in the office (Investment Banking comes to mind). Or in other worlds where there is a pusher and a pushee.
I am not going to ruin it for the people who do want to see it, but I would like to lend my support by saying that it received great reviews and was well received by fans based on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.
Big props to the cast, in particular J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. Gentlemen, your performances were outstanding!
Go see it and let it spark debate with family and friends.
About this post
I’m not much of a movie critic but I do share movies that move me. I watched Stand by Me again not too long ago and I did enjoy Godzilla in the big screen (almost forgot I reviewed this – and unfortunately and as I feared, watching The King of Monsters at home did not carry the same impact).
Go watch Whiplash if you want to be disturbed.
Avoid it if you don’t.
There’s some pretty foul and abusive scenes in here which for me was not meant to glorify narcissistic ego-maniacs, but was meant more for us to draw parallels and ponder on some healthy Q’s.