The Beaver


Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin

The storyline: “A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.” –

Whatever feelings you have regarding Mel Gibson as a person, you must not carry them over to Mel Gibson the actor. He is simply amazing in this movie.

Walter (Gibson) is depressed, so much so that all he can do is walk around in a haze. All he can do is ‘be’.

After drinking himself into a stupor and a failed comedic attempt at suicide, along comes The Beaver. Through the beaver, Walter is able to function somewhat normally and again communicate with his family.

The Beaver is a great movie in that it hits on a subject that not a lot of people want to talk about. And that depression isn’t just about one person, it’s about the whole family and how to get through it.

On another note, the rating for this movie is PG-13. I’m going to have to disagree with that and push it up to PG-17. I personally, would not be comfortable with a 13-year-old watching. Some of the content is just a little too dark.

A thought… Perhaps we saw a little of Mel in this movie, maybe he really needs The Beaver..


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