AVS Discussions
  Go Down

The Whale (Blu-ray) review

The Whale (Blu-ray) review
« on: March 15, 2023, 07:01:48 PM »


Studio: Lionsgate / A24
Release Date: March 14, 2023
 Rating: R
 Film:  2.5/5
 
 Plot
 From Darren Aronofsky comes The Whale, the story of a reclusive English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter. Starring Brendan Fraser and based on the acclaimed play by Samuel D. Hunter.
 
My Thoughts
From the outset, I had a very hard time getting through this film. The first time we’re introduced to the reclusive teacher, he’s on his couch masturbating to gay porn and call me a prude, but I just couldn’t get past that one scene the rest of the movie. Frasier’s character is depressing and while I’m happy that he won the Oscar for his portrayal, I can’t say it was an enjoyable way to spend nearly 2 hours of my life. By the end, I knew I was supposed to feel sorry for his, but he made poor choices in life and I pitied him more than anything. As Forrest Gump says, “Stupid is as stupid does.”  
 
Video 4/5 (AVC)
 Audio 4/5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
 
 Special Features:
·        People Are Amazing: Making The Whale
·        The Sounds of the Sea: Scoring The Whale
·        Digital Copy

 
 

 Conclusion
 I have a very hard time recommending this film outside of seeing Frasier’s performance. It was Oscar worthy, but very difficult to get through. The presentation is about what you’d expect from a drama but Tehbeware it’s not an uplifting film by any stretch. Caveat emptor.  
 

 Reference Review System:
 JVC DLA-RS2000 4K Ultra High-Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Portrait Displays CalMAN color calibration software & C6-HDR Meter from Portrait Displays)
Stewart Filmscreen - Firehawk 110” 2.35:1 Screen
Trinnov Altitude 16 Audio/Video Processor
ATI AT527NC Powering Bed Channels
ATI AT524NC Powering Atmos Speakers
Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
System Controller: URC MX-990
M&K S-150 THX Ultra (R-C-L Speakers)
M&K SS-150 x4 (Surround Speakers)
Atlantic Technology IC6-OBA x 4 Overhead Speakers
SVS PC-Ultra Cylinder Subwoofer
SVS SB3000
HSU VTF-15H MK2 Subwoofer
M&K Sound X15+ Subwoofer
Mini DSP HD controlling all subwoofers
Audioquest and Monoprice - Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling

PureAV PF60 Power Conditioner
Blu-ray Reviewer / Technical Writer
Sound & Vision Magazine

Re: The Whale (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2023, 07:09:17 PM »
Thanks for saving me the chore of watching this one.  It sounds like an unpleasant movie, with only Fraser's performance to recommend it.  That's not quite enough to cut it for me.

I hope the Oscar win opens up more doors for him, perhaps in more enjoyable fare.

Scott
My Room:  26’-1” X 17’-4” X 10’
Equipment:  Monolith HTP-1 feeding X7 and X9 amps, JVC RS3100, Elite Screens 135"", JBL Studio 590 for L, C, R, W, R, 580s for sides and four SCS8 for tops, JTR Captivator 1400 x 4, Panny DP-UB420K, Toshiba HD-A35. Nvidia Shield, Sonos Connect, MX-780 remote

See Youthman's actual tour of my room here: https://youtu.be/PHEaG2xKVhg

Re: The Whale (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2023, 07:26:42 PM »
Thanks for saving me the chore of watching this one.  It sounds like an unpleasant movie, with only Fraser's performance to recommend it.  That's not quite enough to cut it for me.

I hope the Oscar win opens up more doors for him, perhaps in more enjoyable fare.

Scott
Too depressing for me....I needed to watch an episode of "The Office" when it was over to cheer myself up and laugh. 
Blu-ray Reviewer / Technical Writer
Sound & Vision Magazine

Barry

  • *****
  • 815
Re: The Whale (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2023, 08:51:31 PM »
Thanks for saving me the chore of watching this one.  It sounds like an unpleasant movie, with only Fraser's performance to recommend it.  That's not quite enough to cut it for me.

I hope the Oscar win opens up more doors for him, perhaps in more enjoyable fare.

Scott
my thoughts exactly. Thanks for taking one for  the team, David.
McIntosh MX170 Controller: Projector JVC DLA-RS4100; Screen: Stuart StudioTek130: Amps: McIntosh MC-611(center),MC1.25KW (lf&rt);  Krell S-1500 Atmos/Surround; 4kDVD Panasonic UB9000; Speakers: Revel Ultima Salon 2, Ultima Voice 2, (Surround) W 990, Atmos C763L; Subs: SVS SB-13 Ultras;  Cable: 4K Verizon; Broadcast: Mediasonic HW-150PVR; Wiring: Shunyata; Apple TV,

bmoney

  • *****
  • 2300
Re: The Whale (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2023, 07:07:32 AM »
Bullet dodged. Thanks to you :)
SadieMax 2,0 Build thread

Nad t758v3 
7.4.4 diysoundgroup 1099's (3) 
Volt 6 (8 ) 
18" SI subs (4) 
diy 130" 2.40 spandex screen
minidsp 2x4HD
JVC rs600
Lumagen radiance pro 4242
Nvidia shield pro
Emby NAS media player

tripplej

  • *****
  • 558
  • A goal without a plan is just a wish!
Re: The Whale (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2023, 09:15:51 AM »
I was curious about this one after he won but now, I will skip it. Thanks for the review and forewarning us.
Samsung UN75F8000 LED TV, NAD T-777 (7.2 Receiver), Oppo 103, Sony PS4, Panamax MR-5100, 7 Paradigm Reference series 8" in ceiling speakers (AMS-150R) - 30 degree tilting speakers, 2 Paradigm SE Sub, universal remote MX-450, universal advanced RF base station MRF-3501

AVSCraig

  • *****
  • 4591
  • Home Theater Lover / Sales / Advice
    • AV Science, Inc
Re: The Whale (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2023, 11:24:29 AM »
Too depressing for me....I needed to watch an episode of "The Office" when it was over to cheer myself up and laugh.
This looked depressing. I'll watch The Limey again instead. 
Direct (585) 671-2972 8:00am - 4:30pm Pacific 
www.avscience.com  craig@avscience.com
We carry projectors, screens, speakers, receivers etc. !!
Twitter - @AVS_Craig Sacramento CA area

Re: The Whale (Blu-ray) review
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2023, 11:29:58 AM »
Greetings,

You missed the point of the story. Yes, this isn't an uplifting film but, that's by design. It's a cautionary tale but, not about morbid obesity. The last thing that the character wanted was pity. He wanted to correct a wrong that negatively impacted the lives of his daughter and ex-wife. The title of the film had zero to do with his weight.

It's a shame that the opening scene spoiled the whole movie for you. Difficult subject matter to be certain but, a good film.


Regards,

  Go Up
 

SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2023, SimplePortal