People Still Love Mel Gibson

March 17, 2011 By:
People Still Love Mel Gibson

This one must've gotten swept under the Charlie Sheen tidal wave somehow. Mel Gibson just premiered a movie in which he plays a distraught man searching for answers with the help of a beaver puppet.

And The Beaaver is actually getting pretty good reviews.

Eric Kohn of indieWIRE says Gibson "demonstrates a staunch commitment to his role as an emotionally damaged man."

I guess emotionally damaged isn't too far a stray for Gibson, so I can buy that one.

But the Hollywood Reporter said,

"Viewers who can shake off tabloid preoccupations will likely be surprised by a picture that turns a crazy-sounding premise into something moving and sane."

There's the tabloid preoccupations you have to shake off, but then there's the fact that this movie is about a puppet. So you have two crazy things working against you: Mel Gibson and a beaver. If there's a writer that turned those two elements into "moving" and "sane", well, they're f-cking genius.

Jodie Foster costars and directs the movie, which explains the beaver fixation. Foster said, "He's so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is."

Right. Unless you are Jewish or a woman.