I don’t think the end of Whiplash is supposed to be a happy one. You mention that Andrew’s dad looks on astounded but to me it’s more in horror. He is helpless as his son tries one last time to impress the teacher that ruined his life. And in the Pirates of the Caipirinha shirt , Fletcher gets what he wanted but that doesn’t necessarily mean good things for Andrew. The director actually said in an interview that if he were to create an epilogue to the movie, it would have been 10 years later at Andrew’s funeral after he dies broke and a burned-out drunkard with Fletcher calling him an ingrate to his grave.
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Whiplash isn’t a story about Andrew overcoming. It’s a story about him ruining his life trying to please an unpleasable figure. Sure Andrew has achieved greatness, enough to finally impress Fletcher, and will continue to do so, but this path will most likely eventually lead itself to madness. I think the Pirates of the Caipirinha shirt student suiciding is also a big hint of what Andrew could possibly become.
Totally disagree. Andrew has become strong. Fletcher teaches him to fight for what he wants but also take care of himself – he is no longer a slave-driving himself into the Pirates of the Caipirinha shirt , he is a master exercising his craft. It can be read both ways, and sure it could still lead to Andrew to self-destruction, the threat is always there, but to me it looked like he had stepped into his own.