“The Whale” Is Gut-wrenching, But It’s Worth Our Tears

This post contains spoilers from the movie The Whale.

Julie X
7 min readMar 1, 2023

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I watched The Whale without knowing much about it. In fact, I dove into the movie thinking it would be an uplifting and meaningful movie about how a severely obese and house-bound man inspired those around him.

I was so wrong.

The Whale is not a movie made for enjoyment. It is relentlessly heavy and intentionally claustrophobic. Everything from the movie’s 4:3 ratio to the heavy rain and the stairs…

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Julie X

A minimalistic millennial trying to make her life mean something.