Hollywood finds a surefire recipe for success. Take a legendary
TV show and remake it as movie with today's heartthrob (Mel Gibson) as
the lead (Maverick). Cast the original actor (James Garner) as a
costar (playing a lawman). For love interest, spend more big bucks and
get Jodie Foster as a competing gambler and possible lover for
Maverick. Film it with sweeping cinematography by an Academy Award
winner (Vilmos Zsigmond). Finally, get the Lethal Weapons director
(Richard Donner) to direct it. The result has to be a MAVERICK that is
a monster hit.
Ho hum. There were laughs - mainly of modest sized proportions.
Between laughs there were long periods of boredom.
On the good side, Jodie Foster was wonderfully counter typecast as
a sweet and comedic actress rather than the usual serious and hard
edged characters she normally plays. Granted she was always trying to
outwit and cheat Maverick, but on the surface she had this wonderful
sweet smile. If you are of the
I'd-be-happy-to-see-Mel-Gibson-reading-the-phone-book variety of Mel
Gibson fan, then you will like this movie. He too has a nice smile in
it and looks great as he always does.
If they had edited down to an hour, it would have been a passable
made for TV, Maverick returns for one more episode, sort of show.
There is a single simple problem with this movie. In the script by
William Goldman, there is almost nothing interesting that happens and
what does happen are simple retreads of themes done countless times
before. One more Western without much new to say and with jokes that
Copyright © 1994 Steve Rhodes