No one wants to live like Charlie in “The Whale.” No one who genuinely cares about their neighbors should want anybody to live like its character Charlie, an obese English professor who’s resigned himself to the dark four corners of his apartment as an early casket.
Charlie, played by Brendan Fraser in a performance that earned him a Critics Choice Award, is an extreme depiction of where the nation is headed without a dramatic change in course. The film opens with Charlie cloaked in the blank black box of despair from a disabled webcam while he instructs students enrolled in an online college course. The second scene moves to Charlie masturbating to gay porn which leads him to suffer a cardiac event. In other