The Beaver – review

Yes, i know. It’s been a while.  Been very busy with my new job. So many movies i haven’t got a chance to share here. 😦  But then i saw The Beaver (2011).  I thought it’s gonna be all-depressing-dark-suicidal- American Beauty-ish. Guess what? IT IS! In a good way, of course 😀 (BTW American Beauty is one of my favorite movie)

If you think this movie is about a man with a nerve-breakdown and  decided to be a ventriloquist,….keep reading!

First thing first, kudos to Mel Gibson for playing such twisted multiple personalities!

Lester Burnham and Walter Black have several things in common. Middle aged father with kids who can’t even stand them. Wives who can make it on their own. Dull job, purposeless life and  depressed. If Lester found his salvation on his daughter’s friend, suicidal Walter (Mel Gibson) stuck on a beaver puppet –for no apparent reason.  The way i see it, this Beaver is his other personality, the more articulate, fun, straightforward ‘Walter’. Having a British-talking beaver as your split personality, how cool is that? 😀

Walter Black: This is a picture of Walter Black, who had to become The Beaver, who had to become a father, so that one day this might just become a picture of Walter Black. 

With The Beaver by his side, suddenly Walter gains back the control to his life, his job, wife and his family. But then he got too attached. His ‘beaver’ personality was getting more aggressive. Walter has to decide whether he chose to live forever under the shadow of the beaver or go back to his old-lonely-miserable self. Meredith (Jodie Foster, also the director) the wife, also torn by the dilemma over this whole-beaver situation.

This story also featured the life of Walter’s teenage son, Porter Black (the new uprising star Anton Yelchin.). Despises his Dad much, Porter even made a list of their similar daily habit to avoid, so that he won’t turn out to be just like his father. But deep inside, they shared the same symptomps.  Porter then made a connection with Norah (Jennifer Lawrence) the A student from school with her own troubled background.

Porter Black: Good afternoon, graduates, dead poets, painters, future Einsteins, and all those in between. Today I’m here to warn you, that you are being lied to. Our parents, our teachers, our doctors, have lied to us. And it’s the exact same lie. The same six words, “Everything is going to be okay.” 

Less depressing than American Beauty, as entertaining as Charlie Bartlett,  as hypnotizing as Lars and The Real Girl.

This is the best acting from Mel Gibson in years! (that lousy Edge of Darkness is a major yawn-fest). For a movie that mix tragedy and a bit of dark humour, the pace is nicely packed and the ending-twist…..well, .even i didn’t see it coming 😀

All hail Anton Yelchin. He’s a true gem.

As if this movie has not impressed me enough, they put ‘Exit Music For A Film’ on one of the scene. Win!



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