The Whale is a bracing two hour battle against destiny.
We want to see how looming middle age is treating these two friends, whose intersecting careers and self-images shape their relationship.
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon comic routines are cerebral but brilliantly funny, mostly due to the dueling impersonations that are an inevitable part of every meal along their journeys.
Evaluating actress Judi Dench is akin to watching a great athlete do a high dive or land a difficult jump on ice skates. She nails it so often that you half expect a row of judges to hold up cards with nothing but 10’s on them.