After he won the Oscar for Best Actor, ending his black legend and making it clear that he has always been a top-notch performer, audiences want to see Brendan Fraser again. Many were able to do so when The Whale, the Darren Aronofsky film that led him to the statuette, was released in theaters. But the rest will have to wait for its arrival on platforms.
But when will we be able to see The Whale on any VOD service? And on what platform will it be released? Below we will answer both questions with what we know.
When will The Whale be released on platforms?
There is no doubt that audiences are waiting for The Whale to be released on platforms. No wonder, as it has become the best-selling Oscars film in physical format through Amazon. In addition, some films from the ceremony such as The Banshees of Inisherin are already streaming – specifically on Disney Plus. So what about Fraser’s film?
Considering when its release date was (Jan. 27), you could figure about two months for its streaming release, but that would have meant its release would have been in late March. However, it is most likely that the great success at the Oscars has caused its delay in order to scrape something more at the box office.
Thus, the film will most likely arrive during the month of May. The blu-ray from Amazon will start shipping from May 19, so we could estimate an approximate date for its wide release. At the very least, it could arrive at the end of April, although we estimate a few more weeks.
On which platform will The Whale be released?
Although A24‘s premieres are released on different platforms, and Disney Plus has hosted many of them in recent years, I’m sorry to tell you that on this occasion none of the international platforms have the rights to distribute them.
On the other hand, there is a national VOD service that will release the film free-to-air: Movistar Plus. The platform has announced that it has the rights to Brendan Fraser’s film, and will be the one to premiere it for at least three months. And yes, you can forget about watching it with your Netflix, Apple TV+ or Amazon Prime Video subscription.
Instead, it will also be available on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Filmin, Microsoft Store and Google Play for digital rental and purchase. Thus, it could be rented for several hours for a price that has not been confirmed, but as usual, we know it will be €3.95 to rent and €9.99 to purchase.
Why should you watch The Whale?
The Whale is a dramatic film directed by Darren Aronofsky, who has been conquering Hollywood for years thanks to his personal and strange films. His are other works such as Mother! (2017), Black Swan (2011), Requiem for a Dream (2001) or The Fountain of Life (2007).
This is one of Aronofsky’s most intimate films, and practically all of it takes place in the protagonist’s home, but thanks to its restraint and great performances it manages to be equally spectacular. The synopsis is as follows:
“A lonely literature professor (Brendan Fraser) who is morbidly obese and lives in seclusion tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter (Sadie Sink) for one last chance at redemption.”
But if there’s one reason to see the film, it’s for its lead actors. Brendan Fraser is wonderful in the role that has saved him and put him back on the radar, and alongside him are Sadie Sink, Max in Stranger Things, and Hong Chau, also an Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress.
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