This was a Limited Release film, so it's okay if you haven't heard of it. Apparently based off of Damien Chazelle's life, this movie stars the handsome 21 & Over star and self-taught drummer Miles Teller, who plays the drums unlike any person I've ever seen. His talents end up him getting noticed by music teacher Terrence Fletcher, one of the biggest music teachers at the university teaching one of the best music classes in the world and he ends up in the class as a drummer. Everything's fine with them at first, Fletcher asking Andrew genuine questions not related to music but regular life, and then ends up giving Andrew the biggest challenge of his life while beating down on him in every way imaginable, not caring about how much his hands may bleed and you start to wonder why nobody has punched him yet or sliced his head off. Yet Andrew is determined to stay in Fletcher's class because he comes from a family that doesn't really believe that his talent will ever earn him any money. This rivalry leads to intense arguments and eventually they both learn from one another.
Now, if you want to see this movie without me giving anything else away, stop reading now, because I have a lot on my mind about this movie. Fletcher explains that when Jo Jones threw a cymbal at Charlie Parker's head after messing up, it encouraged him to keep going more in depth of his talent, being pushed past the breaking point to perfection. Fletcher explains he uses these techniques because he has a passion for music. Up until that scene, I thought I was going to give this an A. I still have to give that scene props for making me think that maybe the dumbest asshole in the world has a point. I slapped myself for thinking that, remembering how his character was, but at least it made me get a tiny jolt. The jolt stayed until he said because of his music career, he would never apologize for what he did. I don't usually point out small details like a tough film critic in movies but I have to bring that up because if he said that in front of me and I was a judge, that would be a death sentence. I have to admit, I think that a lot of kids these days are lazy, but not all of them and we can still have a passion. And the years where teachers were allowed to give kids the strap has long passed and look what we've built ever since. Also, ever hear the term "If it ain't broke, don't fix it?" That's what I thought after the movie finished. The movie begins with an unforgettable 2 minute drum solo that I know didn't take any cuts, and it was a flawless fast one. I wish that scene wasn't as long because that solo is proof of perfection. Since when are songs with the drums as hard as THAT one? We later find out about a suicide that happened because of Fletcher, but he says that the death was a car accident to his class to hide the fact that it was him. Does he not learn anything? He goes on to say there are no two words in the English language more harmful than "Good Job." I could see where he was coming from, but I do not agree and you shouldn't either. Sometimes, being told you're bad doesn't encourage you to try harder, it convinces you you're not good enough and never will be. Would you find a YouTube video of yours with a million likes or a million dislikes more encouraging?
Still, I'm recommending Whiplash. I knew I would. That's because it's very tense and influenced me, because there's so much I want to do that I don't know I'll be good enough to do or make money off of, and this movie lets us explore ourselves over that one thing by ourselves. If only overpopulation didn't give out so much competition. I was not bored for a minute up until the last solo, and I love how musical it gets, especially Miles Teller. Who knew a comedian like him from the tedious That Awkward Moment and the hilarious 21 & Over could drum like that? It feels a bit like Cherub: The Recruit with a tiny bit better payoff.