This week we recast Maverick, a 1994 Western, comedy film starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner. This was based off the 1950’s television series that just so happened to star Garner in the title role. Maverick is one of a dying breed of mid-budget comedies that we rarely see anymore, which is too bad, because this is a very fun movie. Everyone brings their A-game and the chemistry between the principal characters is evident.
This is a simple movie that is extremely well executed. The cinematography is great, and supplemented by some gorgeous natural backgrounds. The acting is top-notch and there are absolutely no weak links. It is all framed by a really fun soundtrack provided by Randy Newman.
Now, I’m not personally a big fan of westerns or the western aesthetic all that much, but Maverick doesn’t use it as an excuse to relive the same old cliches. While there are a few of those classic themes present, but it feels more like a story that just happens to take place in the old west. Perhaps one of the reasons why it feels so different is because they specifically play against a lot of those tropes, while still remaining unquestionably Western.
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