The Beaver Review

Before his well-publicised troubles, Mel Gibson made a career out of playing unhinged characters, from Mad Max to Hamlet to the suicidal Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon films. His latest role takes that talent and pushes it to the extreme, yet while this tale of a man communicating to the world through a glove puppet is thought-provoking, it never fully succeeds as either poignant family drama or a true examination of mental health issues. Gibson plays Walter Black, CEO of a major toy manufacturer and manic depressive. The illness has engulfed his entire family, his youngest son leading a solitary existence, his eldest terrified of turning into his father, and his wife simply wanting Walter out.  Read More...


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