Friday, July 15, 2011

The Beaver

Director: Jodie Foster

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

A quirky drama about an emotionally unstable man, who can communicate with others only with the help of a beaver puppet. Walter (Mel Gibson) struggles with depression but finds using a hand puppet (the Beaver) he can cope with his deep melancholy. When his wife, Meredith (Jodie Foster), walks out with their two sons Walter hits the bottle and he struggles with suicidal impulses. Then when all is black he discovers a tatty old hand puppet that becomes his redemption. The story wavers rather but the parts are well acted as the movie steers towards a powerful and surprisingly moving end. Not the greatest movie of all time but certainly worth a watch.

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