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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A really solid filmBy gillybop (16 reviews) , 21 Mar 2013Love Jodie Foster. Love Mel Gibson. So I was happy to start with. The plus for me is the film is thought provoking, funny, well directed and well written. The premise sounds utterly stupid but it really isn't. Great film and thoroughly enjoyed it. More please, Jodie.
Not Gibson at his bestBy gibbetson (20 reviews) , 04 Mar 2013Mel Gibson not his best role. Really did not like the film, some scenes were watchable but was just silly. Considering he was in braveheart and other great films, this was his worst role. Has a lot of famous people in this film to, so made it more dissapointing
unfairly panned by the criticsBy davidginsberg (51 reviews) from London , 04 Feb 2013This film got slaughtered on its release though that was largely down to Mel Gibsons well documented troubles. The parallels between a character having a nervous breakdown and Gibsons real life meltdown were clear to see. A few months on it is interesting to see what this film is all about. As you probably know Gibsons character is depressed father and toy maker who unsuccessfully tries to top himself. Waking up afterwards he appears to be possessed by a toy puppet gopher. The rational behind this is the gopher runs his life whilst he mends himself. Very bizarre I agree but it works. He builds bridges with his family, revitalises his business but when his wife Jodie Foster tries to get the real him back the gopher character wont let go. This is a very very odd movie but Gibson and Foster are excellent. If this was released at a different time it could have been a bit of Oscar bait. There is a sub plot about Gibsons son and his girlfriend which really belongs in a different film. Not a happy watch by any means but a decent film.
Interesting idea that goes nowhereBy mj55 (96 reviews) , 01 Dec 2012If there is a message here about depression, bi-polar disorder, 'finding yourself' and the sins of the father then I missed it. An entertaining enough but pretty superficial glance at a few days in the life of... Brave casting for Gibson but he just doesn't seem right for the role. Dysfunctional family, dysfunctional movie.
Strange and haunting...By Slurplepurple (20 reviews) , 16 Jul 2012not the best film I have seen, the story is handled very well, the acting is good but it left me with an empty weird feeling afterwards, its not one of those classics that can be watched again and again once is it for me. I actually thought Jodie Foster was a let down in this, not her finest hour. It passed a wet sunday afternoon though.