Maaaan... look I liked the movie... until around the 3rd act. A dark comedy with a feel good ending that feels tacked on and forced. Another criticism is in regards to the bootleg Elijah Wood kid and his paint by numbers high school fling subplot (unpopular withdrawn cornball falls for the hot cheerleader and actually gets her) with Katniss in a very forgettable & boring performance. At least Mel Gibson was solid.
There were moments in this in which I felt Mel Gibson's character(s) got to a point where they were in too light-hearted of a state of mind. It was only during the darker scenes where I got more attentive and engaged in what I was watching. I think this would've been more successful had it maintained a darker (but still comedic) scope throughout.
Strange little picture that lets itself run a little too rampant taking on a few too many issues and subplots.Core story about a man becoming a shell of himself and reinventing himself through communicating through a puppet is quite interesting but letting him become a cultural sensation and guru is just pretty silly. Subplot of son trying to distance himself from his father just not developed enough Gibson earnest.
I prefer my Ray Winstone as a floating head in bet365.com ads. Not as a crudely made CGI beaver at the end of Mel Gibson's hand. I also didn't enjoy it's use of Radiohead's "Exit Music For a Film" as I thought it was cuing the end of the movie. But then there was 20 more minutes. Stupid beaver.