Episode 11: Whiplash

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I honestly have no idea if Fletcher’s questionable methods in Whiplash are what it takes to mold great artists, but I think it’s a compelling argument. Dan points out in this episode that he feels it’s unfair to accuse the film of glorifying abusive teaching simply because our two lead characters “triumph” in the end (I surround triumph in quotes because I’m not entirely sure it is a triumph — but I guess that was obvious from the quotes and this aside is unnecessary). I don’t know whether or not I agree with Dan, but I do think the ambiguousness of the ending raises questions rather than provides answers. So whatever conclusions you think the film is making are conclusions you’ve made on your own. Continue reading