The Beaver (2011) is a movie with a mixture of drama and a little bit of comedy that made its theatrical debut on August 6, 2011. Jodie Foster directed the movie and at the same time co-stared with Mel Gibson. Both, being a two-time Academy Award winner, played one of their most challenging roles and made it a must-see movie of the year.
The movie is about a man named Walter Black who once is a successful toy executive and has a blissful family but because of uncontrollable circumstances, he begins to fall apart and ultimately suffered a major depression. He tries to bounce back and do everything he can within his power but to no avail. At the middle of his journey to find his way back to his family and to start all over again, a beaver hand puppet becomes his sole means of comfort and communication.
The movie sends a powerful message about the diminishing values of the family. It portrays the reality one would undergo when suffering depression. Though as hard as it may seem to truly internalize and represent the indescribable melancholy of the mental state of depression, Mel Gibson has done a superb and outstanding career performance to make a genuine acting.