Fallen into the wrong hands, “Whiplash” would have been a boring TV movie or mini-series. But in the hands of upcoming director Damien Chazelle, incredible editing by Tom Cross, who won the Academy Award for Best Editing for this film, and gripping leading performances by Miles Teller anad J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” is a masterpiece that seemingly came out of nowhere, and was personally my favorite film of 2014.
As an educator, I can relate, to some extent, life in the world of education and the idea of pushing students to their limits. There is no one-size-fits-all method to teaching. In real life, some young adults actually can respond quite well to Simmons’ character’s ultra-intensive methods, breaking the students down and putting them back together; this is supposed to transform the student into something he otherwise could never achieve. Other students (perhaps the majority) simply cannot take the immense pressure that such an environment imposes. The key is to find a balance between being challenging and encouraging.
It’s an incredible film. Who knew that a drama between student and teacher set in a music school can be this intense? Must Watch!