Skip to comments.The Beaver
Posted on 05/14/2011 6:35:43 AM PDT by flowerplough
If there is one thing Mel Gibson understands, it is damnation. The once-lauded actor was able to bring the concept to life in The Passion of the Christ, before the scandals that knocked him from his Hollywood throne and moral pulpit. In The Beaver, directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster, Gibson portrays a man crippled at first by regret and depression, then by the domination of a strange creature that was to be his salvation.
Walter Black (Gibson) lies on his bed, paralyzed from what doctors diagnose as depression, although medical labels are inadequate for his existential crisis. The toy company he runs has withered in his absence. His wife Meredith (Foster), supportive at first, now feels she must choose between caring for her husband and protecting their two sons from watching his destruction. His teen son Porter (Anton Yelchin) lives in terror of becoming like his dad. Little Henry (Riley Thomas Stewart) just wishes to become invisible.
As Walter fails even at suicide, he is rescued by a gruff, dominating, stuffed beaver. This creature looks like a puppet on Walter's hand, but to Walter he is perfectly real and embodies his salvation. However, what seems like salvation becomes its own form of enslavement.
There is a reason why Gibson once reigned at the top of Hollywood's A-list. His acting is spectacular, more so because he plays two characters at once. The audience sees Gibson's lips move as he voices the Beaver. However, even as Gibson screams the puppet's angry words, his face, as Walter, melts with sorrow and humiliation. It's a wonder to behold.
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I predicted some time ago that it would be the lowest grossing film of Gibson's career. Now I'm curious.
"Yeah, "Mel Gibson in Jodie Foster's Beaver!" was funny the first 10,000 times I heard it. Now, not so much.
Imagine Jodie’s disappointment after reading the script past the title.
jodie foster only likes beaver...
It will take a pretty poor showing to knock off "Attack Force Z".
Mine’s bigger than your’s.
That isn’t a good thing...
Not true. I hear she’s also fond of fish. Red Snapper.
reminds me of the young lady who went fishing with 5 of her male friends....and came home with a red snapper
So, someone help me out. I'm sure there's a metaphor that's obvious but it's not obvious enough for me.
What's it about? (That way I don't have to go see it.) :)
Re the original “Leave it to Beaver”:
Dave Barry once speculated on what it must have done to a boy’s emotional stability to be known from childhood on as “the beaver”.
Think about it.
She was fifteen years old, going on thirty-five, Doc, and she told me she was eighteen. She was very willing if ya know what I mean, I practically had to take to sewing my pants shut. Between you and me, uh, she might have been fifteen, but when you get that little red beaver right up there in front of you, I dont think its crazy at all and I dont think you do either. No man alive could resist that, and thats why I got into jail to begin with. And now theyre telling me Im crazy over here because I dont sit there like a g**damn vegetable. Dont make a bit of sense to me. If thats whats being crazy is, then Im senseless, out of it, gone-down-the-road, wacko. But no more, no less, thats it.
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