The Beaver Reviews
On an important note, this is a serious movie about mental illness. However, the Beaver character's dominance mostly overshadowed this theme.
Where most films start off strong but then fizzle out towards the end, The Beaver does the complete opposite! The steady and dragging pace of the plot speeds up towards the end in an exciting and rectifying finale. This film should have received a better reception as it is well done and much better than your standard Hollywood fare. Perhaps it's because Mel Gibson is now the Hollywood anti-hero.
Gibson did that offscreen. Onscreen, he's still a tremendous actor. The Beaver is well-directed by Jodie Foster and goes to some really dark places, but like in Roger Ebert's review, I just had trouble taking the screenplay seriously. A man curing his depression by creating a character through a beaver hand puppet?
The movie is absurd and has some effective moments, but I'm not quite sure I can recommend it.
And I personally root for movies that do try to convey mental illness and not trying to sugar-coat it in the slightest.
All the supporting players have poured their hearts into this story as well. Too bad it was not a better movie.
For what is displayed here, you will find some honest family conversations.
Its a worthy effort.
Also, there is a thinly veiled message from Gibson that says -
I was wrong. Plz forgive my stupidity, and if possible, dont hate me.
With this in mind, when u see the film, you will more likely understand this moviestar and filmmakers underlying request and his attempt at a humorous yet sincere bid for forgiveness.
I enjoyed this for the most part, and I'm lightly recommending it.
Jody Fosters direction is compassionate and worthy of note.
3.5 out of 5 adult puppet skits