I saw the movie Whiplash last night, and found it extremely compelling.
Are you planning to see it? Here are a few things you should know.
- It’s not about jazz. They play music, sure…but the selected songs — even the title track — are simply vehicles for the story. The film could have just as easily taken place in the world of sports or the culinary arts.
- It is about abuse. The relationship between a music student and his no-holds-barred instructor — portrayed with gut-wrenching intensity by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons — is difficult to watch. Teller is attacked emotionally and physically at every level, and like a hostage in a kidnapping incident, has a twisted love/hate relationship with his captor that boggles the mind.
- It’s hard to watch. In the theater where I saw the film, there were several horror movie trailers that preceded the feature presentation. I found that odd until I saw the film. There are definite similarities.