The Whale

A reclusive English teacher, Charlie (Brendan Fraser), finds himself in search of something honest and true in his daily life as well as the writings of his students. Eternally optimistic, the answer to his searches may in fact be with his own daughter, Ellie (Sadie Sink); but, the strained nature of their relationship may be irreconcilable, finding absolution and relief may only come at an extreme conclusion.
Written by Samuel D Hunter and Directed by Darren Aronofsky, this emotionally heavy hitting powerhouse is true to form and another pitch perfect installation from Aronofsky, once again wringing out performances unexpected and transcendent from his ensemble, Fraser in particular delivers his career best to date. Meanwhile, symbolism, narrative richness and thematic complexity brings extra depth and meaning to The Whale, there’s plenty to discuss and ruminate over at the film’s conclusion. With awards season just around the corner, this should be a “must see” on your list of year’s bests. Running just shy of two hours, The Whale is rated R.