Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” is a painful new drama that has been touted for months as the marking the return of its star, Brendan Fraser.
It’s also a quasi-comeback for Aronofsky, whose prior film, “mother!” (2017) inspired audiences to cry uncle, despite being an admirable and thought-provoking experiment.
His latest is only slightly more endearing, which is to say that the defiantly anti-commercial wizard who broke out with “Pi” (1998), jolted the world with his “Requiem for a Dream” (2000) and found mainstream success with his sensational “Black Swan” refuses to go easy on the popcorn crowd.
Aronofsky’s films are prickly as Polanski’s and his latest, like the best of 2022, will inspire love-it-or-hate-it reactions.
Fraser stars as Charlie, an obese...Full review >>