“Whiplash”

“Whiplash”

Bryson Russell, Reporter

 

Whiplash is what you will feel after you watch “Whiplash” movie. Whiplash is written and directed by Damien Chazelle. “While attending Princeton High School, writer/director Damien Chazelle was in a “very competitive” jazz band and drew on the experience of “just dread” that he felt in those years. He based the conductor, Terence Fletcher, on his former band instructor (who died in 2003) but “pushed it further” adding in bits of Buddy Rich as well as other notorious band leaders.” It won three Oscars and had 81 nominations with 78 wins. The site IMDB.com gave the movie an 8.6 out of 10. Whiplash focuses on a young music student named Andrew (Played by Miles Teller).
     Andrew is a drummer at a music conservatory. He aspires to become one of the greats! He is noticed by a band director of a cut-throat jazz band at the conservatory named Terrance Fletcher (Played by J.K. Simmons). Once Fletcher brings Andrew into his band, things get very serious. This movie portrays the gross obsessive ambitions of succeeding in a top jazz band and the rigorous practices and rehearsals that come.
     Some sensitive viewers may want to think twice before watching. Some parts of this movie are entirely anything but family friendly, such as the use of verbal and physical abuse. A high end movie comes a high-end budget. The movie had a $3.3 million budget, and even though it had a limited release opening, it expanded. After expanding the total gross income ranged to about $7,572,092 million. “By March 8, 2015, its domestic total had risen to $12,734,000.” (Wikipedia.com).
     Whiplash, is not as bad as it seems. The movie has a deeper meaning to it. The morale of it all is that sometimes in order to succeed, you have to be pushed past your breaking point.