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By Hayden

Best Supporting Actor, Best Writing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Picture are just a few of the many nominations the movie, “Whiplash” received. Directed by Damien Chazelle, this critically acclaimed drama was one of the best films of 2014. “Whiplash” starred Miles Teller as Andrew, a college student desperately trying to make it big in the music industry. Andrew is an extremely talented drummer, but he is the back-up drummer in the “JV” college band. J.K. Simmons’ performance as Fletcher, Andrew’s conductor, landed him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Whiplash starts out by introducing Andrew while he is playing the drums. He is visited by Fletcher, the conductor of the most esteemed college band in the United States. Fletcher tells Andrew that he is looking for players, but immediately verbally abuses Andrew and walks out while Andrew played the drums for him. Andrew eventually does become a part of Fletcher’s band, but quickly realizes that it’s going to be much harder than he expected. The movie goes on to explore Andrew’s journey as a drummer and what he believes he must sacrifice to truly be one of the greats.

This movie is rated “R” for extreme language, blood, and some very offensive and inappropriate comments, almost exclusively made by Fletcher. Ever seen “Full Metal Jacket”? If you have, you can compare Fletcher to the drill sergeant, except worse. Fletcher takes no shame in verbally and physically abusing everyone in his band to make them achieve their best. This movie makes you ask, “Where is the line?” When does pushing someone go too far? Fletcher doesn’t believe that there is one, and that is the underlying theme throughout the whole movie.

“Whiplash” is an incredible film. Not only does it have many philosophical messages and questions, but it has incredible music. Even if you are not a fan of dramatic movies, this is simply a must-see for its incredible music, especially the drumming. Whiplash was one of the best movies of 2014!

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