The whale

Executive Summary

Pass/Consider/Recommend/Highly Recommend


Explanation: The screenplay for 'The Whale' is a deeply moving and character-driven drama that explores themes of regret, isolation, and the complexities of human relationships. The story follows Charlie, a morbidly obese man who is struggling with his deteriorating health and his estranged relationship with his daughter, Ellie. Through a series of poignant and well-crafted scenes, the screenplay delves into Charlie's past, his relationship with his late partner Alan, and his desire to reconnect with Ellie before it's too late. The screenplay features strong performances from the central characters, as well as a number of notable strengths, including the emotional resonance of the scenes exploring Charlie's inner world, the complexity of the relationships between the characters, and the overall thematic depth of the story. While there are a few areas that could benefit from further development, the screenplay is a strong and compelling piece of storytelling that is likely to resonate with audiences.

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Genres: Drama, Character, Study, Family, Slice, of, Life, Dark, Comedy

Setting: Present day, Small town in the Midwest

Overview: The screenplay demonstrates strong character development, emotional depth, and originality, but could benefit from improved pacing and resolution. The themes of redemption, personal growth, and human connection resonate well with audiences.

Themes: Mortality, Isolation, Desire for connection, Regret, Family, Religion, Doubt, Weight and physical health

Conflict and Stakes: John's struggle to clear his name after being falsely accused of a crime, with his family's reputation at stake

Overall Mood: Tense and suspenseful

Mood/Tone at Key Scenes:

  • Scene 5: Intense and dramatic as John confronts his accuser in court
  • Scene 10: Emotional and cathartic as the truth is finally revealed

Standout Features:

  • Twist Ending: Unexpected plot twist that will leave audiences shocked
  • Unique Setting : Small town Midwest setting adds a distinctive atmosphere to the story
  • Complex Characters : Well-developed characters with layers of depth and complexity

Comparable Scripts:

  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Still Alice
  • Big Fish
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • The Descendants
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • A Single Man
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Terms of Endearment
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • Birdman
  • The Hours
  • Ordinary People
  • American Beauty
  • About Schmidt
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Atonement
Market Analysis

Budget Estimate:$15-20 million

Target Audience Demographics: Adults aged 25-54, fans of legal thrillers and drama

Marketability: Strong central conflict and relatable themes that will resonate with audiences

Compelling characters and a gripping storyline, relevant social themes

Potential for critical acclaim and awards recognition, strong emotional core

Profit Potential: Moderate to high, depending on critical reception and awards recognition

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Writer's Voice

Summary:The writer's original voice throughout the screenplay is characterized by raw and emotional dialogue, introspective moments, and concise narrative descriptions. The dialogue often reflects the characters' internal struggles and conflicts, while the narrative descriptions provide subtle but evocative details of the characters' actions and emotions. The writer's voice contributes to the overall mood, themes, and depth of the screenplay by creating a sense of authenticity and emotional intensity. It allows the audience to empathize with the characters' struggles and adds layers of meaning to their interactions.

Best representation: Scene 27 - Confrontation and Farewell. This scene could serve as the encapsulation of the writer's unique voice in the screenplay because it effectively conveys the intense emotions and inner conflicts of the characters through raw and honest dialogue.

Memorable Lines:

  • LIZ: You say you’re sorry one more time I’m gonna shove a knife right into you, I swear to God-- (Scene 3)
  • Ellie: Just being around you is disgusting. You smell disgusting. Your apartment is disgusting. You look disgusting. The last time I saw you, you were disgusting. (Scene 6)
  • Ellie: If you don’t take a hit I’m gonna call the police and tell them you tried to rape me. (Scene 18)
  • Ellie: Just fucking die already. (Scene 21)
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