Movie Diary 1/29/2023

The Whale (Darren Aronofsky, 2022). He can’t do much with his body – a combination of fatsuit and digital effect – so Brendan Fraser does a lot with his face and voice, an impressive achievement. There are moments when Fraser zigs when you expect the moment to zag, and he keeps the material alive even when the script falls into conventional grooves. Which it does all too frequently (Fraser’s housebound character is trying to connect with a teenage daughter in his final days). Hong Chau and Samantha Morton provide stellar support – I guess you have to give Aronofsky credit for hiring the best actors around and letting them do their thing.


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