“Brendan Fraser deserves an Oscar” – Amrita Bazar
The main difference between the two projects is that The Wrestler was very bold and dynamic, while The Whale, adapted from Samuel D Hunter’s own play, never forgets its theatrical origins. It’s not like Aronofsky just chose to shoot on an unassuming set. It’s also down to maintaining the rhythm, structure, and conventions of solid but cliched melodrama. The way the characters walk around and have refined, thematically relevant conversations with Charlie is poignant, the ease with which several people enter his life over the course of a week, and the way they appear on stage. Conveniently reveals the hidden links between them.
For a film that opens with a 40-stone man suffering from chest pain after masturbating to online pornography, The Whale is disappointing and sentimental. Charlie talks and talks and talks about the importance of honesty in the message, but most of this well-meaning redemption story is too cheeky to be true, especially the cruel girl. When Fraser delivers his moving, tearful speech at the end, the camera pans over his face and syrupy strings flow over the soundtrack, almost a parody of the clips played at awards ceremonies when the nominations are read.
However, parodic or not, this sequence will certainly be used a lot in the months to come. Fraser deserves a Best Actor Oscar nomination, and if that doesn’t happen, I won’t just eat my hat, I’ll eat as many pizzas and cheese sandwiches as Charlie can go through. . Brenaissance is there.
Whale is released in the United States on December 9
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