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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Beaver

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A suicidally depressed man (Mel Gibson) figures out that he can feel instantly strong and powerful again by communicating all of his thoughts and feelings through a beaver hand puppet.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Riley Thomas Stewart, Cherry Jones

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. This film is different. The way a tuna sandwich served on cinnamon raisin bread is different. You think you might like it, but you're pretty sure your friends will think it's just not right.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: It's extremely dark comedy, so whether or not you laugh is really gonna depend on how you feel about cinnamon-raisin tuna sandwiches.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: It is almost impossible to cry for Mel Gibson, because no matter how bad this movie makes you feel for the guy, it's hard to forget that he's a big jerk who really could use a few lonely hours, days, or years, sitting alone with his own self-hating thoughts.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Biggest Casting Risk. After taking several years off from work, it's hard to believe that Jodie Foster would think a Mel Gibson movie is a good way for her to announce her return to the scene.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Anton Yelchin is pretty amazing... But if I'm being honest, Mel Gibson is also really great. I guess there's no denying that he's good at playing crazy, because he is crazy.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Aside from the opening shot, the directing doesn't have much of a voice.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: This script was on the Black List of best scripts in Hollywood a couple of years ago. Development executives spend their days, night, and weekends reading sequels, prequels, remakes and bad rehashings of every other film ever made, where only the character names and situations have changed. So I can see how they would get excited about a script that in no way resembles any previous commercial success. The question remains, though, whether or not that means this script can ever be a commercial success.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?

A: The Beaver Trailer

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Jess said...

Great metaphor - tuna on cinnamon toast. I had a feeling this movie wasn't quite right.

ArtsBeatLA said...

^ ditto.

Holy cow -- you actually *watched* this movie?!?

I am kind of a longtime fan of Gibson, generally, but after his latest tirades even I am losing sympathy.

Plus, he totalled his Maserati on the PCH in Sthn Cali, so he gets plenty of hate for that foolishness.

Monique said...

This movie bombed cuz of people like you who've turned on him. And btw, I saw it for free.

ArtsBeatLA said...

Well, I haven't entirely turned on the guy...

I think this movie bombed bc it sounds truly horrendous and the instinct is to avoid it at all costs, not just bc Gibson is in it.

Most people are probably thinking, "I'd only see this if you bought me two tickets -- one for me and one for the heavy with a gun to my head."

Monique said...