Whiplash (2014)A young drummer endures the abuse of his teacher. J.K. Simmons's… More A young drummer endures the abuse of his teacher. J.K. Simmons's Oscar-winning performance is remarkable. While the majority of his screen time is spent hurling abuses and musical instruments at poor Andrew, there is one vital moment that humanizes Simmons's character, and it is for that moment more than anything else that his performance is Oscar-worthy. The film's story is problematic for two reasons, both involving the film's conclusion. The central conflict is man vs. man, Andrew vs. Fletcher, and while this conflict does resolve in the film's final moments, it still seems unrealistic that Fletcher would accept even the climactic drum solo as proper resolution. Also, what plagues Andrew throughout the film is not limited to Fletcher. Andrew's own blind ambition, seen in his relationship with Nicole, is more to blame for his troubles than Fletcher, yet the film's conclusion doesn't encounter the man vs. self conflict in any satisfactory way. Overall, the performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons are excellent, and there are some very compelling sequences, but the story, while strong, is "not my tempo."
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