I'm glad I saw this in a theater
The way the camera leers over Charlie, wanting us to be repulsed by his obesity and his eating disorder, it just put me way off. It just feels like Aronofsky and Hunter absolutely hate the central character. I almost wish they had actively made Charlie unlikeable, that would at least make it understandable why nobody would want anything to do with him. As it is, this movie is exploitative, cruel, Hollywood fatphobia at its finest. Brendan Fraser and Hong Chau…
This could've been an interesting meditation between fulfilling moral obligation and spiritual liberation, but Homer is such an unlikeable character that everything about the journey aspect is rendered completely inert. Tobey Maguire's irritating performance didn't help.
This movie also has a problem of biting off more than it can chew. It wants to tackle the effects that being a lifelong orphan can have, as well as mentor figures, rape, incest, and abortions, but it short-changes all of those subjects.