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The Beaver: Blu Ray Review

The Beaver

Rating: M
Released by Warner Home Video

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

So, it's a straight to DVD/ Blu Ray release for the film made by Jodie Foster and starring Mel Gibson as a depressed man who finds salvation in a beaver puppet.

Gibson is Mike, the depressed CEO of a toy company, whose life is falling apart. Kicked out of the family home and attempting suicide in the shower, Mike finds solace in a beaver puppet, tossed in a dumpster.

Through this puppet, Mike begins to communicate with his family and sees his life start to turn around as he's freed from the constraints which have been dragging him down.

But everyone around him begins to worry what will happen when the Beaver eventually comes off.

The Beaver is not your average film - nor is it jokey in many ways as you may expect from the premise of a man talking with a Cockney accent while operating a beaver puppet. It's actually a curiously affecting look at what mental illness does to some and those around who help support the sufferer.

Thanks to an all in performance by Mel Gibson, you can just about believe this film and what happens. A strong and solid supporting cast also give their all - and this dark tale is actually something a little different - even if it does feel a little unsuccessful at the end.

Extras: Commentary, deleted scenes, featurette

Rating: 6/10