- Based on Hunter’s play of the same name, The Whale explores themes of body image, family relationships and more
- The film was nominated for Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and many other awards
- Fans can now watch The Whale on SonyLIV
Academy Award nominated film, The Whale, has been appreciated for several aspects including the story, cast, performances and more. After gathering critical acclaim from its theatrical run, fans in India can now stream The Whale online on an OTT platform. Below are the details
The Whale: OTT Release Date
A psychological drama film, The Whale, directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Samuel D. Hunter, had its OTT release recently. Fans can watch The Whale on SonyLIV.
The Whale: Cast and Crew
The Whale features an ensemble cast including Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins, and Samantha Morton. The film was produced by Jeremy Dawson, Ari Handel, and Darren Aronofsky, with cinematography by Matthew Libatique and music by Rob Simonsen. The film was distributed by A24.
The Whale: Trailer and Premise
Presented as a psychological drama film, the story of The Whale follows a reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher named Charlie, who is trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter after a long estrangement. Charlie’s physical health is deteriorating, and he is dealing with the psychological pain of his past decisions. Based on Hunter’s play of the same name and explores themes of body image, self-esteem, family relationships, and the impact of trauma. Throughout the film, the audience sees Charlie struggle with the effects of his obesity, including difficulty moving around, constant physical pain, and negative reactions from those around him.
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The Whale: Awards and Film Festivals
The film premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 4, 2022, and had a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 9, before a wide release on December 21, 2022. The film grossed $38 million against a budget of $3 million.
For his performance, Fraser won Best Actor at the Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards and was nominated at the Golden Globe Awards and British Academy Film Awards. The film also won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Chau, as well as a nomination for the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture.
The Whale: Box Office Report
The film polarized critics, with some praising it for its exploration of difficult themes and others criticizing it for perpetuating negative stereotypes about obesity.
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As of March 14, 2023, The Whale has grossed $17 million in the United States and Canada, and $21.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $38.8 million. The film temporarily broke the ongoing trend of the general public losing interest in prestige films in a movie-going environment altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the film grossing $11 million domestically on its sixth week of theatrical run, attributed to the praise and awards buzz for Fraser’s performance.