Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’ premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, and the media Word of Mouth has lifted the ban.
At present, the film’s Rotten Tomatoes score is 75% (8 out of 6 fresh and 2 rotten), MTC is 71 points (12 out of 8 good, 3 out of 1 bad), and IMDB score is 8.7.
The film’s star Brendan Fraser’s performance received high praise, many people think he can compete for the next Oscar with this film.
The audience is familiar with the ‘The Mummy’ actor this time starring as a person who weighs 550 pounds and just wants to eat himself to death ……
Some excerpts from movie reviews:
‘The Daily Telegraph’: The casting of Fraser in this film is very impressive, partly because we can still recognize the beloved character under the thick fat, but also because Fraser’s own performance is not sympathetic, his Charlie is complex, imperfect, funny and fully human, a full-bodied character in many ways. A full-fledged character in many ways.
‘Vanity Fair’: what could have been a melancholy, thoughtful study of a lonely man wrestling with his own past misses the point of artifice and pretense.
‘Variety’: Most of the movie is not as good as Brendan Fraser’s performance, but his interpretation deserves to be seen.
‘Time’: Sometimes an actor can help reduce a director’s weaknesses, and that’s what happened with Fraser in this film.
‘The Playlist’: a fascinating study of a man deeply broken and overwhelmed by nine years of self-sacrifice, it emphasizes a rare, deep compassion that is elevated by lead Fraser’s performance.
‘Collider’: This movie is uninspiring, gimmicky, calculating, and draws overly simplistic lessons. the character of Charlie is mostly like a corpse – there’s a goodness about him, but the character is basically just doing REACTION to the needs of others.
‘Slashfilm’: Brendan Fraser is undoubtedly the greatest strength of Aronofsky’s otherwise unoriginal ‘The Whale’.
The Whale’ also stars Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, Sadie Sink and Ty Simpkins and is distributed by A24 and is scheduled to be released in Northern America on December 9 this year.
Based on the play of the same name by Samuel D. Hunter, the story follows Charlie, who weighs six hundred pounds and lives in seclusion in a rundown apartment in rural Idaho, USA, stubbornly and determinedly trying to eat himself to death.
As Charlie gets closer to his inevitable fate, his friends Liz (a cynical atheist nurse) and Thomas (a young and promising Mormon missionary) both try to find in Charlie the will to be saved, both physically and spiritually.
However, only his daughter Ellie, who is estranged from Charlie, can show him a future beyond his current state of despair. While Ellie is sarcastic, hateful, and full of thorns, Charlie can find in her one last chance for redemption, and perhaps even a glimmer of hope.
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