The Whale



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Brendan Fraser Photo
Brendan Fraser as Charlie
Hong Chau Photo
Hong Chau as Liz
Sadie Sink Photo
Sadie Sink as Ellie
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1.05 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 56 min
P/S 1,321 / 2,580
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23.976 fps
1 hr 56 min
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1 hr 56 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tresm878 / 10

A welcome Whale of a comeback for the beloved Brendan Fraser.

Let me start by saying I've been a fan of Fraser since seeing Encino Man as a kid and this guy will always be one of my favorites. To see him somehow thrown out of Hollywood/not casted for the most part for the past decade was very frustrating for me. It was about time someone gave him another chance which Aronofsky and A24 did and it proved successful mainly because of Brendan's dedicated and emotional performance.

The film itself is quite less pretentious and more honest than most of A24 films to date . It also has more of a down to earth straight forward delivery than most of Aronofsky's perplexing work. Honestly with the subject matter it needed to be and relies mostly on pure emotion and struggle which is shown masterfully by Fraser.

There have been a lot of preconceived outraged overreactions and ridiculous assumptions based on the fact that Fraser is wearing a fat suit/getting prosthetics to appear as a morbidly obese person. I don't see why this is a problem mainly due to the fact this is a film made to entertain and to do so sometimes you wear things or makeup to alter looks. It would be difficult to cast a real life person off the street and have them pour their real emotions out on screen. I don't see that being easy.

Also this is so much deeper than the looks of Fraser in the film and that's the true intention and power of this piece. People must see this raw and moving performance from Brendan and it's sure to cause a stir. This is the due Renaissance and comeback for Mr. Fraser. Oscar should be coming his way.

Reviewed by rdoyle298 / 10

An okay film with an incredible performance

I think there are some good reasons to criticize this film. It's a fairly stage bound adaptation of a play. That's not always a bad thing. In many cases, staging a film very similarly to the way the play was staged accentuates what works about the play. I don't think it really does here, and the film's repetitive structures leads to some dead patches. There's also a powerfully melodramatic tone to this film that I'm frankly just a bit unsure of.

I also think there are extremely bad reasons to criticize the film, and these reasons are starting to emerge as the consensus among critics in the mainstream media. This isn't a film about a very fat man. It's a film about someone with an extremely destructive eating addiction caused by grief and regret and the complete lack of self-worth that accompanies those feelings sometimes. There have been films that deal with drugs, alcohol, gambling and sex, but apparently when it comes to food, the only thing that this film can be doing is inviting you to gawk at the big fat guy. It's a very strange conclusion to reach that I speculate is generated by coming into the film dead set on the idea that this is all it can be doing.

I did not come away from this film with any notion that I was supposed to see Frasier as anything less than a human being deserving of our deepest empathy. The film parades in some shocking imagery, especially up front, but I found that once I confronted it, my initial reaction subsided and I was seeing Frasier for who he was. I think it's an extraordinary double-standard that people can watch Nicolas Cage indulge in ridiculous and cartoonish bouts of binge drinking in "Leaving Las Vegas" and declare brilliance, but balk at Frasier's fits of VERY CLEARLY self-annihilating eating in this film and think we are only supposed to be processing it as some kind of freak show.

I don't think this is an incredible film, and I wouldn't place it among Aronofsky's best. I do think Frasier's performance is brilliant, and the film is a flawed, but often marvelous character piece about a kind of addiction we seldom confront.

Reviewed by RahulM0078 / 10

Brendan Fraser gives a raw and chill-inducing performance

Darren Aronofsky's "The Whale" is a deeply moving story about redemption, loss, and trauma. It revolves around a morbidly obese middle-aged man named Charlie who after losing his boyfriend goes into complete shock and denial and starts to gain weight uncontrollably. After his boyfriend tragically passed away, Charlie gives up hope and becomes a nihilist and rather pessimistic, as opposed to an eternal optimist in which he is remembered as. He uses food as a coping mechanism to suppress his deep-rooted feelings. This insatiable hunger lasts for eight years, until his rebellious daughter Ellie shows up. Charlie wants to reconnect with his estranged daughter, whereas his daughter feels differently. The title refers to Herman Melville's seminal novel "Moby Dick", which plays an important part in the narrative of the movie. In fact, it foreshadows the eventual climax of the film, which will tear audiences apart. The final minutes of the film completely wrecked me, thanks to Brendan Fraser's incredible performance and his instant chemistry with Sadie Sink. I wouldn't be surprised if the film garners Oscar nominations in the best actor and best supporting actress categories for Brendan Fraser and Sadie Sink respectively. Hong Chau is a knockout, as well.

Final verdict: 8.5/10.

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