Film: The Whale

Opened: December 9, 2022

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins & Samantha Morton

Though Brendan Fraser makes a stellar comeback in this emotionally touching film, there are flaws at the center that can’t be overlooked.

Charlie (Fraser), an obese and reclusive professor, is told by his nurse, Liz (Hong Chau), that he only has days to live if he doesn’t seek immediate medical attention. He decides instead to reconnect with his daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink)

Fraser, Sink and Ty Simpkins’ characters all have defining factors that the others don’t share and instead of letting the audience see these features, we’re instead shouted at. It takes away from the performances a bit, though it’s undeniable that Fraser, Sink and Chau’s talents are underestimated in Hollywood.

However, it’s not to say the film isn’t deeply moving with its portrayal of human connection.

Final say: Fraser and Sink keep this boat afloat. ★★★☆☆

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