Miles Teller strives for perfection in “Whiplash”

What does it take to be a genius? Apparently, excessive practice, bleeding, and a deranged teacher. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons share obsessive tendencies in the American drama Whiplash.

Andrew (Miles Teller, Fantastic Four) is an aspiring drummer who studies at a merciless music academy, thought to be the best in the country. His drive to greatness isn’t truly ignited, however, until a chance encounter with Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a respected band conductor who belittles and intimidates his students. Under the influence of Fletcher, Andrew is driven to the brink of insanity trying to achieve greatness.

For a relatively unknown actor, Miles Teller proves his worth in this Oscar-nominated film. Whiplash is an interesting study of the blurred line between pushing one’s boundaries and an obsessive drive leading to insanity. J.K. Simmons plays the cutthroat instructor masterfully, and manages to surprise the audience with his ruthless attitude. As their relationship spirals out of control, Andrew and Fletcher face off in a lengthy and dramatic ending.

For fans of films such as Hellion, Whiplash is an emotional roller coaster that thrives on Teller’s austere character. Audiences may be lost when it comes to the music jargon throughout the movie, but it isn’t necessary to comprehending the plot or characters. Parents would be wise to watch this film without the company of your children because it contains excessively crude language.

Have you seen Whiplash? What are your thoughts?

Anthony Ibarra
I'm Anthony, and I am a writer for I live in Austin, TX where I study at the University of Texas. I am an extreme music enthusiast, and love to share my passion for music with others.