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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'…
One of my guiltiest pleasures of all time.
Why don't we have movies like this anymore? I mean adventure-comedies or comedy-adventures. The few comedies worth watching today are the more intelligent ones, but somehow I cannot find any witty, light-footed, adventurous sheer fun anymore and I'm hungry for that.
No, it's not perfect at all, specially the unnecessary twists at the end, but it's pure entertainment and I take it over any modern blockbusters.
Despite feeling slightly overlong and including a ridiculous amount of fake-outs and twists, Maverick still manages to be an extremely fun time.
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner and Alfred Molina lead this comedy western as it follows Bret Maverick as he gets himself into and out of comic mishap after comic mishap.
It's not perfect but you're bound to enjoy it.
Maverick is an amusing meta-riff on the popular 1950-60s western television series, but never looks like more than rich kids playing dress-up on too-clean Hollywood backlots. Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner are charming, and their star power is just enough to make the script's ludicrous maze of con jobs and plot twists worth following. Graham Greene is the highlight as a non-stereotypical Native American chief. There are so many cameos by western movie and country music stars that it's as if director Richard Donner is declaring, unpretentiously, that his movie is nothing but a lark, which is OK.
A rollicking good time con-man western with a twist or three. Very charming.
Perfectly enjoyable family western. That ending really drags on though...
A film that feels almost too comfortable with itself, Maverick is another solid outing from Donner. It fits right into his action/comedy genre, with the action here being replaced by Western dressings. This isn't really a Western - it feels modern in every way except the set pieces and costuming, and Gibson's character readily admits to being a coward and quite honestly talks far too much - but fans of the genre might still be at home due to the scenery.
Maverick is just fun. The dialogue is right up there with the Lethal Weapon films, with James Garner filling in quite nicely for Danny Glover (of note is Glover's cameo as a bank robber, where he and Gibson seem…
Not a classic by any stretch but I found it pretty entertaining. Despite all the craziness involving "Mad Mel" I still thoroughly enjoy him in his movies.
I'd seen 90% of this film once or twice. Good fun western poker adventure film. If you are going to be happy with a 70s film, you'll be happy with this.
Gibson, Foster, and Garner are all brilliant. Cinematography is perfect 70s blockbuster. Great fun.
Good movie. Tempted to watch the TV show it's based on, to be able to count this among the best TV to film adaptations.
Surprisingly kind of attractively filmed. Also surprisingly corny for a William Goldman-written movie, perhaps because it's so committed to paying nod-and-a-wink homage to its earnest 1950s teledrama source material.
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