Screen Junkies » jodi foster http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:53:36 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 SXSW Review: The Beaver http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-the-beaver/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-the-beaver/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:19:27 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202140 A strong portrait of coping with depression. With a beaver.

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The Beaver is a strong portrait of coping with depression. It’s got a whimsical tone, which makes the dark moments all the more poignant. Jodie Foster shows as a director that you really can make a movie about anything if you do it right. I mean, a guy with a beaver puppet? Come on!

Walter Black (Mel Gibson) is moping through depression. He tries techniques as extreme as self-flagellation and he sleeps all the time. His son Porter (Anton Yelchin) keeps track of all of Walter’s bad habits so he can avoid the same patterns. Walter’s wife Meredith (Jodie Foster) finally kicks him out of the house because he won’t find a successful treatment.

Walter finds a beaver puppet in his trunk and, talking throug the beaver, thwarts his own suicide attempt. The beaver calls himself The Beaver and talks for him in an Australian accent. The Beaver presents this plan to Meredith, who has the normal human reaction, so The Beaver lies and says it’s a doctor’s idea. So she goes with it.

The depression is palpable. Gibson is really effective portraying Walter’s pain with silent looks. He also makes you believe he believes this beaver is talking, even when you can see his lips move. He’s so sincere and determined, that’s even better than playing it straight faced.

There really is a lot you can do with a beaver too. Walter showers with it and blows it dry. He has sex with Meredith wearing it and cuddles with it around her. The Beaver even gives him business success with a wood carving kit that becomes all the rage in toy stores. There’s no end to awkward situations with a beaver.

There’s a teen story between Porter and Nora (Jennifer Lawrence), the school valedictorian with a traumatic past of her own. The film deals with ou buried issues at all levels.

The film gets dark. The beaver is not cute anymore after a while and Walter’s forced it on his family. I wouldn’t say it’s a realistic portrayal of mental illness, but a metaphor for it with the beaver representing a dangerous coping mechanism in cinematic form.

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Links Away: ‘The Beaver’ Trailer Remixed http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-the-beaver-trailer-remixed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-the-beaver-trailer-remixed/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:55:51 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=11161 Someone recut the trailer for The Beaver so that it included Mel Gibson's infamous rant quotes. This story seems a lot more interesting now. It was weird when Mel gave the beaver puppet a distinguished British accent. It clearly would be asking people to blow it.

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Someone recut the trailer for the beaver so that it included Mel Gibson’s infamous rant quotes. This story seems a lot more interesting now. It was weird when Mel gav the beaver puppet a distinguished British accent. It clearly would be asking people to blow it. (BuzzFeed)

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Mel Gibson’s All Up In Jodi Foster’s ‘The Beaver’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mel-gibsons-all-up-in-jodi-fosters-the-beaver-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/mel-gibsons-all-up-in-jodi-fosters-the-beaver-trailer/#comments Sat, 04 Dec 2010 17:26:24 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=10974 The film stars Mel Gibson as a depressed toy executive and family man who uses a beaver puppet to work through emotional pain. It also feels like a creepy apology card.

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Summit gingerly dropped the trailer for Jodi Foster’s The Beaver last night. The film stars Mel Gibson as a depressed toy executive and family man who uses a beaver puppet to work through emotional pain. Some people think this movie might not succeed due to Mel Gibson’s recent and more recent despicable actions. I think it might not succeed because it’s about a man who wears a beaver puppet on his hand. Not exactly trending these days.

The trailer also feels like it’s edited as an apology card from Gibson. A poor guy who’s drowning in life tries to redeem himself and mend fences. Perhaps we’ll be so moved by the soiled beaver on his hand we’ll forget that in real life Mel Gibson has pretty much offended everything under the sun. That beaver is powerful stuff. Powerful stuff indeed.

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