Jodie Foster cooler on Gibson

October 25, 2011 by staff 

Jodie Foster cooler on Gibson, Let’s be honest, the beaver is a very hard sell. This is a man (Mel Gibson directed by Jodie Foster) who is so incredibly depressed that everything in his life – wife, children, work – goes down and the only way to cope is by communicating through a hand puppet in the form of a wild animal. There is concern that Jodie Foster Beaver is unlikely to attract many. Add a protagonist whose most popular version in the last couple of years was courtesy of an answering machine, and thus most likely to go like a fart in the bathtub. But here goes.

Walter Black (Gibson) is depressed. Attempted to music therapy, flagellation and self-hypnosis to revitalize your mind, but all he wants to do is sleep. Walter disease he has taken over and bleeding in his life: his toy company is suffering badly, as his family – especially his wife Meredith (Jodie Foster directs) and the eldest son Porter (an excellent performance of Anton Yelchin). He leaves the family home and find the beaver head in a dumpster.

His depression culminated a night of drinking, when Walter tries to kill himself – and not pathetic. Then, during a second attempt at The Beaver begins to talk to him. Armed (literally) with a furry puppet with a cckney accent and a mouth like a trooper tourettic, Walter’s life begins to improve. But it is clear that Walter is starting to disappear and may be impossible to bring him back.

It was a bold step for Foster to lead this particular story (from a script by Kyle Killen newcomer) and return address. Depression is not an issue that was seen so often. Especially the story: depression – sex – happily ever after. Rarely have I seen a better example of depression in movies and reality affect the families of that person. Foster sets a good tone and good performances by Yelchin pulls and Gibson (unfortunately it is not yours).

Ultimately, the beaver is a dramatic comedy about love and how far it will go to help and be with their loved ones at his most difficult. Despite changes in the character of Walter, Meredith struggles to her husband. Mayor Walter Porter’s son is the hope that is never like his father and is horrified by their common characteristics. Porter eventually begins to understand and even love of his father.

It strives to be a cool indie film, but Foster and Gibson involved never reaches the levels of intimacy that strives to achieve. Even more curious is the ease with which everyone goes along with Walter “device.” Sure, your family and friends love it, but – and coworkers – to accept the Beaver, talking and too easily. That is largely brushed under the carpet.

The beaver is odd, sometimes uncomfortable to watch, often artificial and pretentious. Despite these shortcomings, Killen and Foster maintain a level of interest and of great empathy and keep wondering what will happen to Walter and Porter. At the end – like the film – is strangely satisfying.


Its quality not quantity, with the DVD extras: an interesting audio commentary with director Jodie Foster, a couple of useless deleted scenes with optional commentary by Foster, everything will be fine Featurette again with a fascinating insight into The Foster Beaver, and an interview with an unhappy looking for Mel Gibson film.

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