The Whale's 79th Venice Film Festival premiere on Sunday, the 4th, was met with extremely enthusiastic reviews from both critics and audiences.

Fraser’s performance in the 117-minute-long film was so impressive that he received a six-minute standing ovation, in which he appears visibly tearful and temporarily unable to leave the theatre.

The Whale, Brendan Fraser's comeback movie has garnered critical acclaim on the festival circuit. Some suggestions are made that he should be nominated for Best Actor at the next Academy Awards.

The film focuses on Fraser's character, Charlie, a reclusive 600-pound man trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Ellie who is 17 now and whom he has not seen since she was 8 yrs old.

Filming for The Whale took place in Newburgh, New York for just over a month in 2021. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky

On December 9 of this year, The Whale is scheduled for release in US theaters. Although it hasn't been verified, it is probably at the same time in the UK because it is distributed by A24.