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Maverick is a gambler who would rather con someone than fight them. He needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a Winner Take All poker game that begins in a few days. He tries to win some, tries to collect a few debts, and recover a little loot for the reward. He joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvelous southern accent as the two both try and enter the game.
Powered by a star at the peak of his game, a director with a knack for putting together supremely entertaining cinematic packages, and a script that crackles with wit, Richard Donner's "Maverick" is a giddy, comic Western confection. Combining Mel Gibson's unquestionable mid-1990s magnetism with classic Western landscapes, Donner puts together a rollicking joyride of a film. With its William Goldman-scripted foundation, it is a start-to-finish blast with energy to spare.
Based loosely on the television series of the same name, "Maverick" deals with three affable gamblers on their way to the biggest score of their careers. Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner star, supplying personality to a narrative that both sends-up and celebrates previously established Western tropes. Story…
At every turn, it humiliates Jodie Foster's charaacter, and its casual racism (see the refried bean joke) is even more awkward in light of its "progressive" take on Native Americans. It's also gross to see Mel Gibson. I was going to give context to that last sentence, but it actually sums up how I feel pretty well.
My parents love this movie.
"From the moment I slapped eyes on this hombre, I smelled trouble. And re-fried beans."
Like every Richard Donner film, Maverick is about a half hour too long, not to mention the final act is unnecessarily twist-filled (and predictable twists at that). But this is still a fun, old-fashioned Western romp, with an effortlessly likeable Mel Gibson carrying the film and a neat Lethal Weapon reference that had me chuckling for a good few minutes.
William Goldman's script is so jam-packed with great scenes, sharp lines of dialogue and twists so goofy and entertaining, that the actors who embody the leading roles (Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner) are merely the cherries on top of this delicious concoction.
It's charming, fast, and furiously funny.
My favorite scene is the extended one with Gibson and Graham Greene (as Joseph, the most contemporary of contemporary Indians); it's truly hilarious stuff.
I had forgotten just how charismatic Mel Gibson was. Was.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Using deconstruction of Western tropes to satirize the genre, Richard Donner's Maverick charms by playing with expectations. During act one, Gibson's Maverick is introduced as a skilled card player, gunman, and fighter, but shortly thereafter each of these traits are proven to be fabrications. Not only does this reveal alter the initial signification of his character, but also deflates the archetypal Western hero who is infallibly capable in all aspects. Deconstruction continues throughout the film as Native Americans are revealed to be white men, the real Native Americans are revealed to be conmen, and, most of all, that Zane Cooper and Maverick share a familial bond. On a textual level, the latter turn also alters the signification of the actors'…
Geweldige film! Heerlijke humor, actie en chemie tussen Mel Gibson en Jodie Foster. De cameo van Danny Glover is ook goud!
It has some pretty great moments, but overall it is nothing special, and the last half hour is full of many unneeded twists.
Still holds up as a great fun film, helped along by the excellent chemistry between Gibson, Foster and Garner. Graham Greene's back stabbing Native American is a highlight. Also some nice cameos from director Richard Donner's previous films, didn't spot Corey Feldman though. It's a shame thats Mel Gibson's off screen antics will put people off giving this a watch, as there is a lot to love about this film.
Letter Grade: A-
This had a profound effect on me as a child. So much so I named my hamster Maverick. Little did I know Mel Gibson would later go on to besmirch his memory.
R.I.P. Maverick (*The Hamster)
Just a fun western action comedy. And a pretty hilarious cameo
Love the Riggs & Murtaugh "reunion".
This is an all around fun film while Mel was still liked and Richard Donner couldn't make a flop. James Garner is perfect in it going back to his old role. Jodie Foster isn't given much to do but she seems to be enjoying herself.
A comedy Western. And comedy is a funny thing. Did you notice that? I made a joke: a play on words. And the film is like that. William Goldman must have underlined all the jokes in the script three times in red. And Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster really make sure we notice them. And Richard Donner rams home the point. Maybe it’s me, but when someone tells me a joke but then shouts at the top of their voice, ‘Laugh, that’s funny’, I find it kills the humour. (It’s a long time since I’ve seen any of the Lethal Weapon films, but the humour in those isn’t this thudding, is it?) I suppose it’s a good natured romp, but…
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