In this adaptation of the classic television series, Maverick wants to enter a poker tournament but needs every penny he can find. Focusing on a couple of small-timers Maverick seems to end up in the middle of a string of ridiculous escapades even as he is dogged by a marshal every step of the way.
Mel Gibson (Maverick), Jodie Foster (Annabelle), James Garner (Marshal Cooper), Graham Greene (Joseph), Alfred Molina (Angel), James Coburn (Commodore Duvall),Max Perlich (Hardin), Clint Black (gambler).
Maverick starts off pretty well with some good humor and background then continues with the slapstick themed comedy through the rest of the film. The story is surprisingly good considering the light-hearted perspective and chemistry between the actors. A nice twist at the end brings some of the best humor of all and ended the film on a nice high note.
Acting was good from everyone involved, as should be expected of such experienced actors. Garner (who played the original Maverick) plays a good straight-man and did very well with his delivery. Gibson also did nicely bringing his usual comedy into the film. Foster was good but a few times felt overly cutesy and animated.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done and quality throughout with a nice variety of scenery and sets. Physical effects were mild but well done and fit the film nicely. Dialogue and sound were both good.
Overall Maverick is good clean fun with just enough depth to keep you interested without making you think much. The story flows well and remains active to the end. A decent choice for family movie night with young teens.
With some mild foul language, action, and mild sensuality this should be fine for preens and above.
Maverick is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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