2 thoughts on “Mel Gibson in ‘The Beaver’: The Uses of Splitting

  • September 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    It amazes me how so many ‘experts’ missed another whole conversation playing out behind the scenes. The challenge lies within each one of us…our version of reality and the lengths we will go to to protect that version. This almost universal flaw in the human psyche is what ultimately take an ingenious process and slam it as wrong. There are many indicators in the film that let us know ultimately it has to do with the optics and each individuals uncomfortable feelings about it.

    As a Walter myself, what is obvious, we keep trying to make everybody fit into our collective version of reality when Walter was doing more than brilliantly. His wife is the villan here. She needed the ok that the puppet was part of an approved of program. With all the proof of a reinvigorated marriage, family and business , she wouldn’t let Walter just be Walter through his puppet. He didn’t go manic until his wife made him wrong….

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  • September 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    It amazes me how so many ‘experts’ missed another whole conversation playing out behind the scenes. The challenge lies within each one of us…our version of reality and the lengths we will go to to protect that version. This almost universal flaw in the human psyche is what ultimately take an ingenious process and slam it as wrong. There are many indicators in the film that let us know ultimately it has to do with the optics and each individuals uncomfortable feelings about it.

    As a Walter myself, what is obvious, we keep trying to make everybody fit into our collective version of reality when Walter was doing more than brilliantly. His wife is the villan here. She needed the ok that the puppet was part of an approved of program. With all the proof of a reinvigorated marriage, family and business , she wouldn’t let Walter just be Walter through his puppet. He didn’t go manic until his wife made him wrong….and the train wreck is on it’s way. We used to celebrate genius, eccentricity and creativity. Now we are a collection of conformists thinking our version of reality is the correct one….we can’t see what we can’t see!

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