Leave It to The Beaver
Indeed, The Beaver tells a fascinating and sometimes amusing story. And for the first two-thirds of the film it's actually quite endearing. Gibson's tender performance is so good that you can forget about his troubled recent past. Jodie Foster, who also directed the film, Anton Yelchin, and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence also turn in some nice work. But then, just as you've started to really sympathize with Walter, the film takes a bizarre turn that just about derails it. Will Walter ever be cured enough to rejoin society without the aid of the puppet? Will Gibson ever shake his own issues? Neither answer is clear. Let's just hope The Beaver is Gibson's first step toward recovery. It's a better-than-expected first step that I'm giving a B–.