By J1 reporter Ally Ravnsborg
Music is portrayed at its worst and best in the 2002 movie Whiplash. Andrew Nieman, an aspiring drummer, starts his first year at the Shaffer Conservatory in New York. Neiman puts in hours and hours of work to play in the renowned Terrence Fletcher’s ensemble.
When Fletcher finally notices Nieman and makes him the understudy of his current drummer, Nieman realizes that being directed by Fletcher is not what it is made out to be. When Nieman pushes himself to limits that severely damage his physical and mental self, he has to make the choice between drumming and his personal safety.
Running at 1 hour and 46 minutes, Whiplash stars Miles Teller as Andrew Nieman and J.K. Simmons as Terrence Fletcher. Both of these actors played their respective roles beautifully, making viewers feel emotions towards both of them.
The soundtrack of Whiplash is a complex combination of original jazz pieces written for the film, classic jazz by Duke Ellington and Stan Getz, and original underscore parts written for the film. There are few moments in the film when there is no music, which isn’t a bad thing. The music adds a magnificent element that captures the importance of jazz to the Shaffer community.
The movie is rated R because of harsh language used and ‘yo-mama’ jokes taken a little too far for young ears. These elements are not good for anyone to hear but they highlight how harsh the music environment is for Andrew Nieman.
Whiplash has received multiple awards including top audience and grand jury awards at Sundance music festival. J.K. Simmons also received Best Supporting Actor from the Academy for his performance. This movie can be viewed on Hulu with a subscription along with Apple TV.