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- “The Whale” stars Brendan Fraser as a man struggling with grief and obesity.
- Fraser is nominated for best actor at the 2023 Academy Awards for his role in the film.
- “The Whale” is now available to buy from Amazon, Apple TV, and Vudu for $20.
“The Whale” follows Charlie (Brendan Fraser), an introverted English teacher struggling to cope with grief and severe obesity that threatens his health. When he tries to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter (Sadie Sink), their tense relationship is put to the test as he takes one last shot at redemption.
Check out the trailer for ‘The Whale’
“The Whale” stars Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, and Hong Chau. It’s directed by Darren Aronofsky, whose other film credits include movies like “Mother!,” “Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream,” and “The Wrestler.”
How to watch ‘The Whale’
You can watch “The Whale” online by buying it from a streaming retailer like Amazon, Apple TV, Google, or Vudu. It currently costs $20 to purchase, but a cheaper rental option will become available on March 14.
Once you buy “The Whale,” you can stream it as many times as you want in up to 4K quality on compatible smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles, and web browsers. The rental option, once it arrives, will give you 30 days to start watching the movie and then 48-hours to finish it after you hit play.
Is ‘The Whale’ based on a true story?
“The Whale” is not based on a true story but it is adapted from a previous work. The film is based on the 2012 play of the same name, which was written by Samuel D. Hunter.
Why is ‘The Whale’ rated R?
“The Whale” is rated R for language, some drug use, and sexual content. More specifically, the film starts off with a sexual scene and has colorful language throughout, making it a less family friendly watch.
Is ‘The Whale’ worth watching?
As of writing, “The Whale” has a “65% Fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes, which indicates a mixed by mostly positive reaction from critics. The movie has also earned its fair share of accolades, with three Academy Award nominations.
Overall, critics and audiences agree that the film spotlights a moving performance by Brendan Fraser, who plays the lead character. It’s a tearjerker that pushes audiences emotionally, equal parts difficult to watch and difficult to look away from.
However, audiences sensitive to discussions of weight, obesity, and eating disorders should use caution — “The Whale” doesn’t shy away from these topics and some audiences have disagreed with the movie’s approach to these subjects.