Based on the play of the same name, “The Whale” tells the heartbreaking and heartwarming story of Charlie (Brendan Fraser), an online English teacher, who has become massively overweight after the death of his partner. As he tries to reconnect with his daughter (Sadie Sink), he must confront the choices he has made and his innermost demons. Can he overcome them before it is too late?
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, also known for „Black Swan“ or „Requiem for a Dream“, the movie deals with heavy themes such as loss, grief and hope. Being a chamber drama, it is quite astonishing to see what can be achieved within the confines of a single room.
For me personally, Brendan Fraser’s truly fantastic (and Oscar-winning) performance is the highlight of the movie. Combine this with the poignant story and the beautiful score, and you have a movie that brought tears to my eyes more than once.
I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys small-scale dramas with a bit of arthouse flair (it has a 4:3 aspect ratio, after all).
The Whale (OmU)
USA / 2022 / 117 min
Samuel D. Hunter
Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins