The bold ambitions of the helmsman doesn’t extend to being more calculating when it comes to aa reclusive on-line, morbidly obese writing instructor, Charlie (Brendan Fraser, who rose as an action star with a sense of wonder in roles over two decades ago).
This purported by Fraser has a lovely humanity about it that the melodramas strains to offer veritable power to it. Even with the source’s limitations in its transferal a certain aura registers at times in its imagery. And, there are noticeable, varying turns by thespians in Charlie’s orbit like Liz (Hong Chau) who cautions him of a severely elevated blood pressure. As well as an opportunity for a certain deliverance in trying to reconnect with an estranged daughter, played by Sadie Sink. Even Samantha Morton connects in her brief time as ex-wife Mary.
Yet, The Whale is hindered by its means to coalesce a variety of sensitive topics, including religion and sexuality; though not by Fraser whose haunted eyes really take more center stage than a fat suit.