#45: Whiplash

For those of you who don’t know it, “Whiplash” is a 2014 movie about a Jazz drummer (more of a student), who really aspires to be among the great ones, and faces a harsh time trying to prove himself to his band conductor, who is kind of too severe and all.

The young drummer, Andrew, starts off as a regular student, with some talent, then after being asked by the great “Terence Fletcher” to join his band (which is obviously what most students want), he finds himself in such a frustrating place where everyone is always under the conductor’s ways of fear and intimidation, because he always asks everyone to show nothing less than their best.

The story later gets complicated when Andrew becomes obsessed with impressing Fletcher, and – for those who didn’t watch it – I’m not going to spoil the rest, so you’ll just have to watch it.

But overall, the movie, despite that it seems simple, shows how a person pursuing a dream can start off simple, but eventually has to challenge his own boundaries and limits and maybe even get broken so many times before he finally surpasses himself and truly become as great as he has always aspired to be.


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