Depression.  Suicide.  And a beaver puppet?  Yup, we’re taking a look at the latest dark humor filled drama from actress/filmmaker Jodie Foster entitled "The Beaver" starring Mel 'method acting' Gibson out on Blu-ray August 23 from the folks at Summit Entertainment.  The fur flies below!




   Title: "The Beaver"

   Grade: 3

   Cast: Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

   Director: Jodie Foster

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 91 minutes

   Release Company: Summit Entertainment




The Flick: Putting recent events aside (you’re welcome Mel!), "The Beaver" is a pretty decent drama.  As helmed by the ever-capable Jodie Foster, the story of a broken man revived by a bad beaver puppet is dark, funny and moving.  Plus there’s even a fantastic and romantic side story involving the son and a new inspiring girl in his life portrayed by chemistry-ridden actors Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence.  But amidst all the good elements, the one thing "The Beaver" can't shake is...well, the beaver.  Piercing every scene he’s in with his gamey face, gnarled fur and bad accent courtesy of Gibson, there’s no getting away from the fact that the beaver is a puppet and it’s bye-bye reality.  The film does contain rooms with dramatic delights, but unfortunately also has a buck-toothed elephant in every one.    

Best Feature: The 'Commentary Track' is intriguing to see if amidst all the pauses and character chatter, is Foster will talk about anything Gibson related.  Does she?  Listen for yourself cheaters!

Best Hidden Gem: The Deleted Scene which has "24’s" President Taylor Cherry Jones trying to pull the puppet off Gibson’s cold dead hand – give ‘em hell Cherry!

Worth the Moola: If you can put the fact that Gibson’s lugging a furry version of Carrot Top on his fist, it’s worth a watch.  (Or just fast forward to the Yelchin/Lawrence parts!)