Whiplash depicts the emotional and physical violence of the relationship between Miles Teller’s Andrew Neyman, a jazz drummer enrolled in the fictionalized Schaefer Conservatory, and J.K. Simmons’s Terrence Fletcher, his oppressive overseer of a conductor. Colored brown and blue and frenetic with dolly shots and angled perspectives, Whiplash is a movie about jazz shot like a movie about war — Chazelle says as much in his director’s statement. Nobody dies, nobody gets maimed, and yet the film is shocking in its brutality. It’s a startling, beautiful interrogation of the artistic process. But its director didn’t expect it to actually make people happy.

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