Faith & Film: Whiplash
To say that I’ve seen a lot of movies in my life is an understatement! However, it’s not an understatement to say that “Whiplash” is one of the most intense movies I’ve ever experienced.
“Whiplash” is the story of Andrew Nieman (Miles Teller), a first-year jazz student in a prestigious music conservatory. He has long dreamed of being a jazz drummer, and has worked hard at it. Not only does he want to be a good drummer, he has high aspirations to be great.
One day esteemed and feared jazz teacher Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) hears Andrew practicing and comes in the rehearsal room. After a brief chat, Fletcher invites Andrew to play in his ensemble. Fletcher is well known for his intimidating style. Another student tells Andrew not to worry, that Fletcher’s bark is a lot worse than his bite. Andrew soon learns that both Fletcher’s bark and bite are pretty scary.