The Whale - (2022)
Director: Darren Aronofsky.
The Whale is a film that explores the theme of redemption through the character of Charlie, a reclusive English teacher with morbid obesity living in a town in Idaho. Charlie seeks to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, Ellie, before it is too late.
The use of grandiose orchestral music in the film is very effective in creating a sense of drama and suspense, adding an apocalyptic tone to the story. Brendan Fraser's portrayal of Charlie is compelling, with the actor delivering a believable performance that conveys the character's pain and desperation. Similarly, Sadie Sink brings authenticity to her role as Ellie, delivering a complex character with honesty and nuance.
One aspect of the film that detracts from its impact is the adaptation from a theater play to cinema. At times, the dialogue feels over-written and lacking in subtlety, taking away from the emotional impact of the story. The film's aspect ratio of 4:3 can also create a sense of distance from the audience, although this is somewhat compensated for by Aronofsky's use of music and sound design to create a more immersive experience.
Overall, "The Whale" is a moving film that even made me cry at some parts. While it has some flaws in its execution, the performances of the cast and the film's exploration of its central themes make it a worthwhile viewing experience.
Verdict: 4 / 5 ★ - very good.