The Whale

A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 117 minutes
  • Genre: Drama
  • Stars: Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Samantha Morton, Ty Simpkins, Hong Chau, Sathya Sridharan, Huck Milner, Ryan Heinke, Ryan Heinke, Huck Milner, Jacey Sink
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • sarahmorgaaaan - 11 January 2023
    I think that it is going to be the best or one of the best movies of 2022-2023 it was just so beautifully made congratulations. The movie felt very intimate and for once to have a storyline where the main character isn't just lost man who just wants to end he's and only sees the world black or white is refreshing. Brendan Fraser was just outstanding, I always knew that he was a brilliant actor no doubt but really this movie made me love him even more. I hope he'll continue acting and serve us more of these beautiful movies. Again congratulations on the film and everybody on it and behind it.

    Thank you.
  • matthew-08113 - 8 January 2023
    Better than I expected, but it has a few issues
    I had reservations about seeing this movie. I worried this would be a prestige version of My 600-Lb Life. Instead, I found a compelling, character-driven story. Brendan Fraser deserves all the praise he's been getting for this role. He poignantly shows the pain of a broken man who's aware of his fate and wants to use the little time he knows is left to reconnect with his estranged daughter (played by Sadie Sink).

    Hong Chau also does a magnificent job as Liz, his friend, nurse, caregiver-and enabler. She portrays the challenges of taking care of someone who refuses to take care of themselves. As someone who had to take care of a disabled mom, I relate to this character.

    The movie has several issues. It looks more like a filmed play instead of a movie. Even the set looks like it belongs on a stage. Also, the connections between characters are too neat, especially with the "New Life Church." A few twists seem contrived.

    The movie is worth seeing for Brendan Fraser's performance. He compels us to look beyond his outward appearance to see the humanity within.