(These 2 short reviews as published
in the Sept 2011 issue of The
NSW Law Society Journal)
MICHELE ASPREY, Lawyer, writes…
Two excellent films opening at the end of July and the beginning of
August are worth a special mention:
123 mins, rated M, opened in cinemas 28 July 2011, and
The Beaver, 91 mins, rated TBA, opened in cinemas 4 August 2011.
Directed by Robert Redford, The Conspirator tells the little-known tale
of the seven men and one women who were arrested and charged with
conspiracy to assassinate the US President – Abraham Lincoln. The trial
of the lone woman (Robin Wright) takes place in the dying days of the
Civil War, raising issues for her defence attorney (James McAvoy) that
closely parallel issues faced today in the context of terrorism and
Guantanamo Bay. Fascinating.
In The Beaver,
Mel Gibson gives one of the best performances of his career as a
successful executive of a toy-making business who suddenly finds
himself in the depths of depression. In his desperation, he finds the
only person who can drag him back from the brink is the Beaver – a
mangy glove puppet! And that’s not the only shock in this moving and
most unusual film, stylishly directed by Jodi Foster.