Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Better late than never: 'The Beaver'

"The Beaver" was a film that I wanted to see since I first saw the trailer a long time ago.

But, alas it never played in theaters anywhere around me. Or remotely close.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see it at the local Redbox Friday.

Here is my SUPER spoil sport review.

Warning, thar be spoilers ahead.

"The Beaver" stars Mel Gibson... wait, one slight editor's note here. I won't talk about Gibson's personal/TMZ-ish troubles here.

Anywho, Gibson stars as a severely depressed toy executive whose life is falling apart. His marriage is in shambles, his older son hates him and he can barely get out of bed.

After his wife, played by Jodie Foster, who also directs, kicks him out he goes to stay in a hotel. In a dumpster he finds a beaver puppet and for some reason takes it back with him. After trying, and failing, to kill himself (twice, with the beaver puppet on) the puppet starts talking to him.

Not in a crazy, the beaver is actually real way, but Gibson's character is talking in an Australian accent. He quickly utilizes this as a coping mechanism to help him in his life.

Suddenly, he's not depressed anymore. He's playing with his younger son, paying attention to his wife and even has a multi-million dollar idea at work.

Here's where the movie lost me. From all the trailers it looks like a dramedy. Yes, the subject matter of depression isn't funny, but there are comedic moments in the film. The trailers also give off the feeling that the beaver is just a coping mechanism and that's all.

But, it's not.

And here come the spoilers, and my problem with the film, the beaver isn't just a coping mechanism... he actually 100 percent believes the beaver is real. Like he has a knock down, drag out fight with the beaver.


And the way he finally gets rid of the beaver is shocking and not in a good way. It literally made me go "this man isn't depressed, he's totally insane. Like, should not be around kids insane."

Let's just say the way he gets the beaver off his arm is a real BUZZkill.

There is a whole subplot with his older son, played great by Anton Yelchin ("Star Trek") who realizes he's just like his father and hates him for it, and his love interest played by Jennifer Lawrence. I was bored out of my mind during these scenes, even though the actors are great. I wanted to see Gibson, not a teen angst film.

My advice? Skip it, head to MovieSpoiler.com and see what you're not missing.

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