There are so many things to admire about the film “Whiplash.” The first thing that can come to mind is the career-making performance from J.K. Simmons. The second thing may be the writing. Damien Chazelle’s direction in “Whiplash” is spot on, not just in guiding its pacing, but also in pulling strong performances from his cast.
Even more so than the direction, much admiration can be found in the writing and structure of the film. For the most part “Whiplash” follows the three-act structure closely. Without spoiling any of the film (except for the first five minutes), let’s talk about that first scene.