The Beaver details
|Starring:||Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson, Jennifer Lawrence, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Paul Hodge, Riley Thomas Stewart, Michelle Ang|
|Studio:||ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||October - LOVEFiLM Picks|
|Rental release:||10 Oct 2011|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
There are things to admire in Jodie Foster's new film, The Beaver.
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Solid but unspectacular.By VIDEOMONSTER (252 reviews) from Glasgow , 19 Jun 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]Another solid drama about someone who's depressed and has to get themselves back to their normal self.
This is a solid film with solid acting from all involved, it ticks the usual cliches of the genre, but gives a darker edge towards the final third of the film which makes it on par with other films of the same type e.g. Reign Over Me. The direction is alright Foster showing she has a dab hand.The quality cast helps this film to be a decent if unremarkable watch with Jennifer Lawrence adding to her stock with another good supporting role.
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Foster beavers away on the subject of depression .By twosoddingcats (269 reviews) from Kingston-upon-Thames , 21 Nov 2011I had grave reservations about renting a Mel Gibson movie after his anti-semitic outbursts (I half expected the hand puppet to say The Jews start all the wars!) but I relented as this is a movie about depression and as well as being Jewish, I also suffer from depression. Mel, after all, is just the product of his father, Hutton Gibson, who has stated about the holocaust: 'It's all -- maybe not all fiction -- but most of it is,' adding that the gas chambers and crematoria at camps like Auschwitz would not have been capable of exterminating so many people. Why do I mention this? Because the film industry in Hollywood is Jewish run and owned and its interesting to point out that the only person that would make a movie with Gibson these days is his best friend, Jodi Foster, financed in part by money from Abu Dhabi (look carefully at the producing credits). Pushing aside my realisation that Gibson is a deeply unpleasant anti-Semite alcoholic in real life, Foster has directed a very intelligent film about depression. Gibson sinks so low he is unable to function or communicate without using a beaver hand puppet much to the amusement of the employees he oversees and the despair of his teenage son. Some form of mental illness impacts on a large section of the population but it seems this is still a taboo subject which is why these kinds of films should be made. Watch out for young actors Jennifer Lawrence and Anton Yelchin whose acting in the sub-plot is mesmerising.
Clinical picture of depression and family dramaBy a customer , 20 Nov 2011Very good acting. Great mistake to call it comedy. This is a drama of the person suffering of depression and his all family suffering, awaiting to come back as a father and husband.
Not cheerful at all.....!
A Good TailBy GetaBrewOn (2 reviews) from Dudley , 14 Nov 2011This is the tale of a man who takes control of his life through the aid of a puppet (The Beaver). I found the concept of this film immediately interesting. A great twist on a well-used genre. Although the film may not be one that will have mass appeal, it really does hold the heart and inventiveness to reach out to a cult following. It is quirky but does not let go of its place in reality and does not pander to its audience. Mel Gibson is a solid lead and develops the character of both the Beaver and it's master well throughout the film. In short, if you don't love it, you will probably hate it...but it's worth finding out!
Worse mel gibson film everBy tracie123 (2 reviews) , 07 Nov 2011I was so dissapointed with this film i usually love mel gibson films, but this film was awful . It is literally a film about a man that talks through a puppet.
Pulls all the right stringsBy Svelling (42 reviews) from Altrincham , 06 Nov 2011'The Beaver' was much funnier and quirkier than I thought it would be.
Yes I know a film about a man communicating through a beaver hand puppet is bound to be quirky but the whole project has an indie feel in the mould of 'The Royal Tenenbaums' or even 'American Beauty'.
Director Jodie Foster gets the beaver action (sorry) underway quickly so you get used to it from pretty much the start.
Mel Gibson is fine but you can't really judge his performance as it's such an odd part. Foster plays his wife but she's wasted in such a tepid role.
The stars of the film for me are Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence, tentatively testing their affections.
Any film that tackles depression is laudable and for two big stars to address it in this way is also refreshing.
'The Beaver' is worth a watch but not a film for Muppets....sorry again.