‘The Whale’ Trailer: Brendan Fraser Makes His Case For Best Actor This December

Say whatever you want about Darren Aronofsky, and people definitely have, the polarizing filmmaker knows how to get the best from his actors, especially those we may have forgotten about or underestimated. Mickey Rourke gave the performance of his career with The Wrestler, and now the same praise is being heaped upon Brendan Fraser for his role in The Whale.

The Fraser renaissance is in full swing and he’s being viewed as an Oscar frontrunner for Best Actor. In The Whale, he plays a 600lb. English teacher and gay man who is struggling to reconnect with his estranged daughter before health problems catch up to him.

Fraser is getting all of the rave reviews but he gets a lot of help from a great supporting cast that includes Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins. The film is based on the play by Samuel D. Hunter, and adapted by him, as well.

We were a bit lukewarm on it when we saw it at Middleburg, but there’s no denying Fraser gives all of himself and he deserves the accolades that will be heaped upon him.

The Whale opens in theaters on December 9th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.