53-year-old “Mummy” star Brendan Fraser appears to be making a big comeback to Hollywood and the big screen after his 6-minute hit “The Whale” debuted at the Venice Film Festival. him to cry.
With the official theatrical release approaching—just three months away—reviews for the film, directed by Darren Aronofsky, began pouring in.
Critics of Brendan Fraser’s “Whale” are warning obese people not to watch it.
“I cannot in good conscience recommend that fat people watch a whale,” film critic Katie Reeve wrote in a semi-viral tweet.
“I can’t advise skinny people to watch it either, because it reinforces the idea that fat people are pity and have caused their suffering through their lack of coping skills.”
In the film, Fraser plays a man named Charlie who abandons his family for his lover.
When she eventually dies, Charlie begins to overeat out of pain and guilt over his past mistakes, which leads to him being morbidly obese, weighing up to 600 pounds.
However, Charlie is chasing one last shot at the redemption process by trying to reconnect with his daughter, Ellie, played by the “Stranger Things” actress, played by Sadie Sink.
(Warning for light film spoilers below)
“Huge red flags for ED and fat phobia,” Reeve continues, “the main character endures more than an hour of harsh verbal abuse imaginable, and later attempts suicide via food.”
She claims that she struggled for years with bulimia and eating disorders and found the film “incredibly exciting”.
Since Fraser had to be dressed in a fat suit, and due to some key plot points throughout the film, Rife claims that “there were no fat people involved in the production.”
However, the film’s screenwriter, Samuel D. Hunter, revealed during the TIFF Tribute Awards that “the story at the heart of ‘Whale’ and Charlie’s character derives from some very deep and difficult personal facts” for him.
He talked about his childhood and how growing up in northern Idaho as an insular gay kid who attended a religious high school resulted in the use of food as a form of “self-treatment.”
At one point, Fraser’s character refuses to go to the hospital even though he has money to pay the bills.
“The movie treats this as a combination of selflessness and suicide, and never thinks of the very obvious reason why a 650-pound person would avoid doctors,” claims Reeve, which may be due to a concept called “medical phobia.”
Medical fat phobia is the stigma that the foundations of public health place on obese people.
In the movie, Rife also remembers a scene she witnessed where Fraser’s character drops his keys and struggles to get them back – “people were laughing,” she exclaims.
Despite all these grievances, Rife praised Fraser’s performance in the film.
“And yes, Brendan Frasier is very good, and most of the humanity/sensitivity/sympathy in the movie comes from his performance,” she adds at the end of the topic.
Rife’s feelings for Fraser were echoed by critics who cheered his performance in the film and showered the actor with praise.
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“His performance is as candid as it is expertly calibrated,” Hunter said of Fraser’s performance in the film. “Brendan has elevated this character to heights I could never have imagined.”
“Frazer is a better actor—smarter, shrewd, and terrifying—than he’s ever been,” Variety says in their review.
“But most ‘whale’ films are simply not as good as Brendan Fraser’s performance. However, what he accomplishes is worth seeing.”
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