Whiplash! The Movie, Not The Song Or Auto-Related Injury!
Miles Teller plays Andrew, a determined young jazz drummer who is taken under Fletcher's vulture-like wing. Needless to say, the fur flies, along with a chair and other objects, as Fletcher drives Andrew toward "Charlie Parker"-like perfection. Fletcher lights a fuse under Andrew, but then things take an unexpected turn.
What I really liked about Whiplash was that I really had no idea where it was going, and was surprised (in a good way) by the plot twists and turns. Until...
STOP HERE IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS!
So toward the end of Whiplash, both Fletcher and Andrew have been fired/expelled from the music school and are drifting down alternate paths. When Andrew accidentally comes across Fletcher playing a jazz gig at a NYC bar, they talk, seem to patch things up, then Fletcher invites his nominal prodigy to play with Fletcher's band of professional musicians at a "JVC competition." Fletcher raises the stakes as Andrew arrives, warning his (professional) band that record labels and talent scouts are in the audience, but when they hit the stage, Andrew discovers he's been set up. Fletcher calls for a song that Andrew doesn't know, fails to provide even charts, and Andrew goes down in flames. (That's not where the movie ends, but I'll save SOMETHING for those folks who ignored my spoiler warning and read on anyway).
So here's my question. Yes, I get that Fletcher rightfully blamed Andrew for getting fired, and that he might be the sort who would seek "revenge." But would a guy this crazy-compulsive about making perfect music really throw the rest of his professional musicians under the bus to screw over his ex-student? During an actual, live, competitive show? Wouldn't the other professional musicians (not students, remember) want to take Fletcher's head off for sending them out with an unprepared drummer who ruins their set? I mean, diabolical is one thing, but self-immolation is another.
Suffice to say things "work out" to some extent, but it's interesting what's a bump for some is a feature for others....