Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The Beaver (2011)

The Beaver,2011,USA
Director:Jodie Foster
Stars:Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin

"A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating."

"We reach a point where, in order to go on, we have to wipe the slate clean. We start to see ourselves as a box that we're trapped inside and no matter how we try and escape, self help, therapy, drugs, we just sink further and further down. The only way to truly break out of the box is to get rid of it all together..."

There are some majorly effecting and personal themes in "The Beaver" that i really connected with and of which i have had past experience,The major theme is Depression and how those who suffer with the illness come to terms and deal with it, whether that be suicide,nothing,creating another personality or just wiping the slate clean,Mel Gibson plays the lead role of Walter Black the man who suffers with the mental illness,After a failed attempt at suicide Walter creates a personality for and begins living through a Beaver hand puppet he recently acquired,In doing so Walter becomes a happier human being and begins repairing his broken home life with his family and a better executive but the situation becomes increasingly more odd when Walter forgets how to live without the puppet.

The film gets its message across in its own sort of odd way,It packs an emotional punch and is very sad at times,Jodie Foster in her directorial debut does a great job of depicting depression giving the audience an inside look about how much it can affect a person but also the impact it has on the people who are closest to the person who suffers,The characters all feel humanized and real which is what is needed with a film portraying these films and everyone in the cast gives a good performance.

I dont think i could ever dislike Mel Gibson,no matter what domestic outbursts or incident he has,to me Mel Gibson is a great actor,and in this film he gives another great performances and does a great job of displaying the helplessness and pain of Depression.Jodie Foster also gives a good performance as the desperate mother and wife. Jennifer Lawrence is a really good young actress coming of her Academy Award nominated performance in "Winter's Bone" gives another great performance and "Fright Night" star Anton Yelchin does a good job aswell.

"The Beaver" is a good film filled with real themes that it depicts well and great performances,A good directorial debut from Jodie Foster


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