Might as well start with the elephant in the room – this is Mel Gibson's first acting role since the infamous raging against his girlfriend tapes were unleashed on the public, further tainting the movie star aura Gibson once enjoyed, and it's hard to not think about all of that stuff when Mad Max plays a character that is desperately seeking redemption. So a lot depends on what the viewer brings to this movie, and their preconceived notions of who Gibson is and what he represents, because that can be easily transferred on to the lead character he plays. Then again, maybe you're the kind of person who can separate that stuff, and you can see the performance for what it is, without all that extra baggage. In either case, you'll likely be surprised by some of the things that The Beaver has to offer.
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