Holy crap. I was late to the party with the Whiplash movie and just saw it a few days ago. Honestly, the only reason I bothered to watch it was to watch J.K. Simmons’ performance. I had no idea how profound an effect this movie would have on me. It’s rare that movies connect with me emotionally, and Whiplash did this so strongly that I re-arranged my schedule for the next day to watch it a second time.
Whiplash is not about a mean music teacher. It’s about a young man who wants something so badly, he focuses 100% of his life on it, even to the point of shedding blood. I can’t tell you how much I relate to that, and how good it made me feel to watch this kid (played by Miles Teller) do all the things I do, and have done at various points in my life.