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The Whale: the controversial film that could give Oscar to Brendan Fraser

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The world missed Brendan Fraser. star of A Mummy (1999) and demonic (2000), the actor spent more than 10 years away from the big screen and the Hollywood recording sets to later return with The whale (2022), one of the main highlights of the programming of the 95th Academy Awards and, without a doubt, one of the main films of the year.

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Released in Brazilian theaters a week ago, The whale has been sharing opinions on the internet and also in specialized criticism. However, the feature film directed by Darren Aronofsky (black swan2010 It is Requiem for a Dream2000) hit the big screen for the first time during the 79th Venice International Film Festival, where Fraser was given a six-minute ovation right after the credits rolled on the big screen.

With the film on the rise, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the film, which is a huge favorite for the Best Actor category at the Oscars. Check out!


The whale accompanies Charlie (Fraser), an English teacher who lives in reclusion and suffers from severe obesity. Because of the kilos he gained after the death of a loved one, he now lives in a wheelchair and teaches his students remotely. The film follows as the character makes the decision to try to reconnect with his teenage daughter, who hasn’t seen him since age 8, for one last chance at redemption.

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The impact starts with the trailer, which is set too much on Fraser’s character and his living room, which is where he spends most of his time due to his condition. The preview gives a good context for how is the relationship between Charlie and Ellie (Sadie Sink, from Stranger Things), with whom you want to reconnect.

Brendan Fraser in The Whale (A24)Source: Enter the source

The film is based on the homonymous play by Samuel D. Hunter, who adapted the screenplay for the big screen. “To be clear, this is not a play about everyone struggling with obesity. It’s how it played out in me. How depression manifested itself physically in me,” the screenwriter revealed to Variety in an interview about the adaptation.

To play the protagonist, Fraser spent six hours a day in the make-up chair for the characterization. In an interview ahead of the film’s Venice premiere, the actor revealed that the costume was “heavy”, far from “comfortable”. “The torso piece was almost like a straitjacket with sleeves hand-airbrushed to look identical just like human skin, right down to the hand-pierced hair” (via Variety).

Sadie Sink in The Whale (A24)Sadie Sink in The Whale (A24)Source: Enter the source

“I developed muscles I didn’t know I had,” he recounted during the festival’s press conference. “I even had a feeling of vertigo at the end of the day when all the braces were removed.”

What the critics and the public say

Most of the reactions of The whale, both from the public and from specialized critics, speak precisely of how heavy his approach is. Some even say that this is Aronofsky’s worst film.

On the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the feature has an approval rating of just 65% based on 312 reviews, which is not enough to guarantee the platform’s Fresh certificate. In general consensus, Fraser’s performance is the main target of praise, a factor that made the public score guarantee a 91% approval rating.

Hong Chau is Liz in The Whale (A24)Hong Chau is Liz in The Whale (A24)Source: Enter the source

Another point much mentioned in the reviews is precisely how moving the plot can be, ensuring the tears of the audience present at the cinema. The audience consensus on the platform stated that “The whale it’s as hard to watch as it is to look away.” Strong, huh?

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Currently, the feature has a box office of $ 30 million globally, reaching the mark shortly after Fraser secured the SAG Award for Best Actor in a Film for the role. In Brazil, The whale was the fourth most viewed film, behind Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, The Mummies and the Lost Ring It is Puss in Boots 2.

Warming Up for the Oscars

Despite the mixed reception, The whale is the hot favorite to win the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama category at this year’s Academy Awards. Fraser competes with Colin Farrell (Inisherin’s Banshees), Austin Butler (elvis), Bill Nighy (living) and Paul Mescal (aftersun), but both the specialized critics and the public are betting on the actor.

In awards that are seen as “thermometers” for the Oscars, Fraser is doing very well: the actor secured the statuette at the SAG Awards last Sunday (26) and also won the Best Actor category at the Critics’ Choice Awards, on January 15 . He, however, ended up losing the BAFTA, considered “the British Oscar”, to Austin Butler.

Brendan Fraser in The Whale (A24)Brendan Fraser in The Whale (A24)Source: Enter the source

Where to watch the movie The Whale?

The film reached national theaters last Thursday (23), to close the month of February with an expected premiere. For now, the feature film has not been made available on streaming services in our country.

Abroad, the film has already been released digitally and can be rented on digital platforms such as Amazon Prime Video.

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