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In their hands, a deck of cards was the only thing more dangerous than a gun.
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'…
Una comedia blanca en un Oeste de serie matinal de Sábado. Mel Gibson rápido y brillante, Richard Donner hasta arriba de nostalgia creando entretenimiento culpable e idiota. Un delicioso hijo bastardo entre El golpe y el Llanero solitario que engaña en su aparente vanalidad cinematográfica que esconde un tremendo despliegue visual, de cualidad atemporal, donde muchos de los planos de Vilmos Zsigmond son dignos de análisis y estudio.
Was that fast? I thought it was fast......
Very enjoyable movie
If you focus on Gibson and Foster and the overly jokey direction of Donner, this is a 2 star movie at best. But you add the always dependable James Garner to the mix, and you've got a slightly watchable movie.
Definitely going against the grain here, but I think this might be my favorite western.
A fun movie that doesn't try to be anything more than what it is -- an amiable comedy.
Mel Gibson can actually manage to be tolerable when he's playing charming, which he does here. James Garner is perfectly cast for quite obvious reasons. And it's nice to see Jodie Foster lighten up and play a feminine character for once -- up to that point, her resume had been quite serious.
For some strange reason, I distinctly remember Siskel and Ebert being infuriated that this film won an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design. Ah, to live such a charmed life that something like that constitutes a major gripe.....
Directed by the greatest director who ever lived, Richard Donner !!! Ofcourse it's awesome !! A classic !!!
Too many bad plot twists
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