Maverick (1994)

Maverick (1994)
Maverick (1994) DVD/Blu-Ray

Written by Ash (A Toast) –
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The 1994 film Maverick was another in a long line of “hey, let’s make old TV shows into movies.”  This one was about the title character of Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) getting involved in a series of misadventures on his way to the richest poker tournament in history.  It is a film that had the potential to be a Hollywood bomb but rather turned out to be one of the most successful westerns of all-time.

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When I first heard about this film, my first reaction was “great, another TV show made into a movie.  Time to waste two hours of my life.”  Then I discovered that the person that created this film actually had half a clue about writing both comedy and westerns.  Next, this film doesn’t go the route of nostalgia for the source material, but more the route of a reboot.  I was quickly sucked in.

Those that like a hardcore western with a lot of action will find bits and pieces of this film enjoyable, but don’t expect a western in the same vein of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Unforgiven, or even True Grit.

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The film does follow, somewhat loosely, the original outline of the TV series in regards to story line.  Maverick and company go off on a series of misadventures on their way to a five card draw poker tournament. Beyond that, the story is very unique and honestly very fitting for the classic series.

Another thing about this film that I found very enjoyable is that it included a lot of older stars from TV and Westerns from the 70’s and 80’s as well as a couple country music stars.  You will have to watch the movie to find out, but I thought that it was a nice touch by the producers and actually helped give the film an air of legitimacy.

By and large, much of the poker play outside of maybe the final hand I found very believable.  I particularly salute them for not trying to make a western version of Rounders.  Let the film stand on its own merits in regards to the poker, for good or bad.

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Thankfully, also nope

Verdict

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I have to side with those that originally saw this movie and must say that it far exceeded any expectations that I could have conceived.  It became one of the most popular westerns in North American history, and that was quite a feat considering the history of westerns in film.

Whether or not you are a fan of the original Maverick TV show, you should check out this movie.  It has action, comedy, twists and turns, and a big reveal at the end that is worth sticking around for.

 

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time you see Angel’s cheesy mustache.

Take a Drink: when Annabelle steals something.

Do a Shot: when Maverick twirls his gun,

Chug It: when Cooper throws someone off the boat.

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One comment

  1. Sounds like something I’ll need to give a try- I’ve never seen it.

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