Jan. 14, 2023

Faithspotting "The Whale"

Faithspotting

Mike and Kenny discuss and spot faith reflected in the latest Darren Arononfsky film, The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser. The film tells the story of Charlie, a 600 lb man who teaches virtul writing classes. Struggling with the health challenges...


Mike and Kenny discuss and spot faith reflected in the latest Darren Arononfsky film, The Whale, starring Brendan Fraser. The film tells the story of Charlie, a 600 lb man who teaches virtul writing classes. Struggling with the health challenges caused by his weight, Charlie decides to attempt to reconnect with his High School aged daughter, (Sadie Sink) eight years after leaving her and his wife for another relationship. Tirgger warning: The film may be difficult for those struggling with eating disorders. 

Brenden Fraser                                                                                                                           A24

Faith Spotted:

The film depicts a full picture of humanity, that persons have both good instincts and desires as well as selfish and negative motivation and behavior.

The consequences of people's actions have on others, especially with regards to breaking relationships, and the detrimental impact of punitive focused faith communities pronouncing judgement of others. The focus of maintaining relationships in the midst of the failures of loved ones as demonstrated by God to Adam and Eve and the Forgiving father's to his prodigal son.

The finel ine of supporting and enabling persons with their struggles, and the motivations of ones actions on another. 

Charlie as a Christ figure in taking on himself the anger of others. 

The importance of seeking honesty in relationships and community.