There is time in some of our lives when a degree of self loathing eats away at us until the idea of having bamboo shoots pushed under our fingernails sounds like a much better idea than getting out of bed and facing the day. But what if we had something to hide behind, a beaver puppet perhaps?
Receiving a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival 2011, “The Beaver” has come to Utah! For reasons unknown, “The Beaver” was only released in a few theaters around the country and is now playing at the Broadway Theater in Salt Lake City!
“The Beaver” is about a deeply depressed father and business man, Walter Black (Mel Gibson), who can’t seem to snap out of it no matter what he does. After two years of barley getting by, his wife Meredith Black (Jodie Foster), kicks him out of the house because she is concerned that his depression is affecting their two sons Porter (Anton Yelchin) and Henry (Riley Thomas Stewart). Things take a drastic turn when Walter finds a beaver puppet in a dumpster. At the moment that Walter is about to take his life the beaver puppet tells him to stop. You might be thinking “what the what?” but it is true, a part of Walter speaks out through the beaver puppet and because of this Walter finds a way to keep going. However, what can happen to a man that speaks through a puppet instead of through himself?
All of that may sound crazy but Mel Gibson’s phenomenal performance makes it seem downright believable. In fact, it is safe to say that this may be one of his greatest performances ever! Throw in the intensity of Jodie Foster, the sincerity of Anton Yelchin, the perfect music, and the exquisite writings of Kyle Killen and you have the makings of a fantastic film. So if you are lying in bed wishing you had some bamboo shoots; take a deep breath, roll out of bed and go see this film to find out what could happen if you had a beaver on your side.
“The Beaver” is rated PG-13 (by LDS standards PG-16): for thematic elements of depression, brief sex, brief partial nudity, one use of the forbidden “F” word, an attempt of suicide (however, it is turns out to be kind-of funny), and a scene of a brutal self beating (flash back to “Fight Club”).
Click here to see the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3568211993/
*Note: You may need some comfort food afterwards so travel 100 yards west of the theater into Utah’s own DP Cheesesteaks and have an unbelievably delicious sandwich that can make all your worries go away.http://thedowntownphilly.com/. This particular critic had to throw that out there because she tried it for the first time yesterday and almost fell out her chair it was so good.