WHALE MUSIC is the fascinating and touching story of Desmond Howl, a reclusive, psychologically troubled ex-rock star whose life is changed by a spirited 19-year-old girl who unexpectedly arrives at his dilapidated mansion. Many reviews posited that Howl is based on Brian Wilson of the
Beach Boys, an interpretation that undervalues the film's originality and spirit.
Since his brother and bandmate Danny committed suicide nine years ago, Desmond Howl (Maury Chaykin) has secluded himself in his oceanside mansion. He eats like a slob, swims in a filthy pool in his backyard, never cleans, and spends hours in his basement studio composing a musical opus intended