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The Beaver Trilogy Reviews

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Super Reviewer
September 2, 2015
I suppose that this is a part documentary as the first segment profiles a young man attempting to be dramatic into a camera. Sean Penn and Crispin Glover try to recreate the scene many years later with varying degrees of success. More special interest than anything worth remembering.
½ February 24, 2013
This movie is an interesting experiment. The director takes real footage about a real person and then re-shoots and tweaks it 2 different times with actors. The real footage is funny and weird, the recreations are also humorous and strange.
October 22, 2012
Although the visual style appears to be as makeshift as home video comes, the unsuspecting viewer has already been introduced to one of the many structural interplays that make Beaver Trilogy a unique artifact. As one watches very funny examples of amateur local color strutting its stuff with reckless abandon, aspects of what could be called a "pathetic aesthetic" come into play. Is this a condescending exploitation of complete outsider artistry? Or is it an example of a keen documentarian's eye doing exactly what keen documentarians' eyes are supposed to do? That is, show the viewer things never seen before. The only other alternative for documentary excellence is to show old things in new ways...Much theoretical noise has been made about the disappearance of the real, the primacy of the simulacra, and the end of art in a post-everything world. If you'd like to address these issues and walk away with laughter, rather than a headache, search out Beaver Trilogy. Forgoing that, you'll just have to wait for the Hollywood remake. And that will most certainly be a long time coming.?Chris Chang, Film Comment
½ December 22, 2007
I didnt watch it all, it was kind of, boring.
½ August 13, 2007
Glover's is heartbreaking, the original is a stream of laughter, and Penn's is just a stupid mimic of the original.
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