The Whale depicts the tale of Charlie (Fraser), an obese, online English teacher who is eating his way to death. The Whale is an adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2012 stage play of the same name. Charlie lives alone in his flat and has been almost abandoned by everyone, with the exception of his deceased ex-boyfriend’s sister Liz, doesn’t see any reason to attempt suicide or seek help until his psychotic daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink), who is separated from him, suddenly reappears in his life.
Even though he still has little interest in improving himself, he does want to make things right with Ellie. Charlie tries to get back in touch with his estranged daughter as his health deteriorates. Will he be able to do so or not?
The Whale does a fantastic job of illustrating the struggle with addiction as well as the side effects that result from it. Particularly if you are aware of someone who is battling addiction, it can be very upsetting. Some people can overcome their challenges and lead a normal life, but others cannot.
The movie explores a variety of real-world problems that people face, such as obesity, alcoholism, broken families, and lost loves. Most people can understand how these problems may send a person’s life off the rails and make it nearly impossible for them to turn things around.
Brendan Fraser portrays one of his most compelling characters to date, showcasing his genuine acting skills to the world. He has wonderful chemistry with the rest of the cast. The portrayal of Charlie’s addiction is excellent. Charlie turns to eating to help him deal with the emotional agony he carries around. Fraser won the Best Actor Award at the 2022 Academy Awards.