Monday, May 23, 2011

The Beaver—A Must See!

Yesterday, thanks to my loving husband, I got to have a “Mother’s Day redo” since my family was sick on Mother’s Day. In our house, it’s a tradition that on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we celebrate the day by having time to ourselves doing whatever makes us happy. For my husband, it’s always a day of golf, but my day is usually a variety of stuff like window shopping, eating lunch alone with some peace and quiet, a visit to the bookstore and always a movie.

This year I saw The Beaver staring Academy Award winning Mel Gibson and Jodi Foster. I have to say, the only thing I was disappointed in was seeing the movie alone, I wish I had someone to talk about this film with after seeing it. I thought it was an outstanding film, deserving an academy award. I read in one fan review that what A Beautiful Mind did for Schizophrenia, The Beaver does for depression. I’d have to agree, adding that this movie is more about mental illness than depression alone, even the word mania is used to describe some of the behaviors seen in the main character.

Without giving the movie away, I’ll withhold the details so that you can experience the movie the way I did, not knowing what to expect. I felt the movie gave a fresh, smart perspective on mental illness. You can see it’s affect on all the characters, without being predictable. They did a great job of bringing in the heredity aspect of mental illness through subtle and not so subtle moments in the children. There was a moment that was very intense, I was seriously holding my breath so that I wouldn’t sob out loud. Yes, you’ll most likely cry, but it’s still a very entertaining movie. There’s a wonderful message underneath all the dark emotions that no matter what happens in life, even if it’s bad, you’re surrounded by loved ones to help pick you back up.

I would strongly encourage you to see this movie if you like these types of films. I regret that this film is doing poorly in the box office because of the negative reputation of Mel Gibson and his personal life. Though I find it ironic that one of the messages in this film is about helping and forgiving those with mental illness, considering that he himself said in an interview, “I had really good highs but some very low lows,” Gibson said. “I found out recently I’m manic depressive.” (Ref:  For those who don’t know, manic depressive is the former name for bipolar disorder. Regardless, and whether you’re a fan or not, Mel Gibson’s performance is fantastic and deserves to be acknowledged.

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Article about Mel Gibson saying he was diagnosed Manic Depressive:

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The Sydney Morning Herald
Elicia Murray and Garry Maddox
May 15, 2008
Date Consulted: May 23, 2011

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  1. I must admit, the fact that Mel Gibson was starring in this movie (and the bad reviews) made me want to skip it. But having read your review, I think I'll give it a chance. Also, hadn't heard that Mel had admitted he's bipolar--makes so much sense! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Bug's Mom-Let me know what you think of the movie if you see it, I’m curious what other people think about this film. (Bring a tissue)