‘The Whale’ (2022) Movie Review: The Excellent Movie That For Sure You Will Not Feel Like Watching At All

Excellent, unpleastant, sad and tender
The Whale
The Whale

The Whale is a movie directed by Darren Aronofsky starring Brendan Fraser whom we guess will win the Oscar… and an excellent Sadie Sink,

This movie is based on a play by Samuel D. Hunter.

As it can be with you, we didn´t feel like watching it at all and it surprised us in many ways.

It is as expected: extremely melodramatic and yes, it is about a man with hyper obesity.


A university professor who can barely get out of his chair. He teaches online and his obesity points to the evident: if he does not do something about it, he will die within a few days.

Movie Review

La ballena (The Whale)
The Whale

Extremely melodramatic, this movie is not a feel good movie nor a happy outing to the movies film. From the very first frame, Brendan Fraser takes a gamble in interpretation and he will be remembered for this great acting as he is a very great actor (he had already shown us this before) and the acting by Sadie Sink, in the role of daughter and whom the story revolves around.

A great melodramatic screenplay and excellent directing by Aronofsky who surprises us by doing something entirely different from his usual projects and he takes a gamble in something sentimental and is not only a winner but is totally victorious in this extremely difficult enterprise: make a good movie out of a tear-jerker concept.

Full of careful and necessary literary references (the title of the movie comes from the novel by Herman Melville). Each frame is meticulously done, faithful to the mathematical style of the director who this time around applies this to sentiments and honesty (the entire film is about this), he reflects about movies in a way that is even ironic, with honesty and even the possibility of making a quality, milimetrical movie about a melodrama.

La ballena (The Whale)
The Whale

I don´t know if we can recommend this movie because it is not enjoyable to see how a man destroys his life with self-pity, nor how finally, it is a paradox of how to “do good” through sacrifice and, through lies, reach honesty.

This is a complex speech which is hidden, apparently, in a melodrama that is about how a man destroys himself and how the director manages to tell a story behind this with elegance and of course availing himself with a pre-oscarized Brendan Fraser, who clearly deserves an Oscar.

Our Opinion

Good and even memorable, but you need to really want to watch such a bitter movie.


Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky. Depositphotos

Darren Aronofsky is an acclaimed American filmmaker and screenwriter who has been directing motion pictures since 1998. His films often explore the intersection of art and science, employing a mixture of avant-garde visuals and complex storytelling. Aronofsky’s movies have earned him a great deal of critical acclaim, with several prestigious awards to his credit.

His debut feature film was Pi (1998), which was both a commercial success and a critical favorite, earning him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director. In 2000, he released Requiem for a Dream, which received international praise and firmly established his presence in the industry. The Wrestler (2008) followed soon after, with Mickey Rourke’s performance earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Black Swan (2010) featured Natalie Portman in an iconic role as a ballerina struggling with her own psychological issues – this earned Aronofsky numerous awards including the Golden Globe for Best Director. More

The Star

Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser. Depositphotos

Brendan Fraser is an American actor and film producer best known for his roles in popular films such as The Mummy, Encino Man, George of the Jungle, Bedazzled and Journey to the Center of the Earth. He is one of the most successful actors of his generation and has over 50 film credits to his name.

Brendan was born in Indiana and rose to fame in 1992 when he starred opposite Alicia Silverstone in Encino Man. Since then he has become a major box office draw, appearing alongside stars such as Elizabeth Hurley, Rachel Weisz and Brendan Gleeson in Bedazzled, Robin Williams in Dawg and Matt Damon in School Ties. He also starred as Rick O’Connell in The Mummy trilogy which made over $1 billion at the global box office. More


Brendan Fraser / Charlie

Sadie Sink / Ellie
Hong Chau / Liz
Ty Simpkins / Thomas

Samantha Morton / Mary
Sathya Sridharan / Dan
Jacey Sink / Young Ellie
Ryan Heinke / Dave
Huck Milner

The Whale (2022)
La ballena (The Whale)

Movie title: The Whale

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

Date published: February 22, 2023

Country: United States

Director(s): Darren Aronofsky

Writer(s): Samuel D. Hunter

Cinematography: Matthew Libatique

Music: Rob Simonsen

Actor(s): Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins, Samantha Morton, Sathya Sridharan, Jacey Sink

Genre: Drama

Companies: A24, Protozoa Pictures

Our Opinion

Good and even memorable, but you need to really want to watch such a bitter movie.



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