Movie Review: Maverick (1994)

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As you may have noticed, I love westerns. I’m gonna admit, they are my favorite type of movies. There are a lot of great ones out there. Then there are the not so good ones like “The Lone Ranger (2013)” and “Jonah Hex (2010)”. A lot of times you can see a few re-occuring themes in the good ones, yet it is so good. But then you have some of the more different ones that mix in comedy or Quentin Fucking Tarantino. The movie of today we are looking at contains one of those things, and no it is not the latter of the two. This is a more comedic take on the western genre.

Sirs and ma’ams, the poker playing western comedy…Maverick.

This movie is as you may have realized, during the wild west. It follows a man named Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) who is stuck, with his ass on a horse, his neck in a noose that is attached to an old tree. He has been put there by a gang led by a man simply called Angel (Alfred Molina). When Angel and his gang leaves, they leave a present for Maverick and the horse…a bunch of motherfucking rattlesnakes. So from that point we get Maverick narrating combined with a long-ass flashback to what the hell got him into that situation. It is mainly because of Maverick wanting to get to a poker tournament with a price of half a million dollars and an entry fee of 25 grand that gets him into a lot of comedic situations that leads up to the point at the beginning. A lot of these situations involve an attractive young woman by the name of Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) and a Marshall named Zane Cooper (James Garner). While the main story is simple enough to follow and the situations are fun to experience through the movie, a lot of times it doesn’t make sense. It is just too weird sometimes. Also, Maverick mostly gets out of these situations with the help of some dumb luck. Also, this movie uses a lot of twists that make no sense and are not the most clever ones to exist. I mean, a lot of these twists are just unnecessary and could have been left out.

The characters are just, awesome! They are unique and just a hell of a good time to watch. They are all horribly flawed and sometimes somewhat douchey…but I don’t fucking care! This is a simple western, we don’t come here to get complex characters, we come to get entertained! And entertainment is most certainly what we get. There is nothing else to say.

Music is for the most part your typical western stuff…in other words good. But there are a few songs that are not even possible to be existing during this time period. And those are a few country songs. But the fact that they are used are still pretty clever since there are a handful of country musicians acting in this movie. Good job Maverick, you clever movie.

Just to mention, Maverick himself in this movie is a little bit of a coward. But he still does more to help than some characters do. Also there is one of the most awesome scenes ever in this when Maverick is in a bank that gets robbed by Danny Glover and his crew. Why is that awesome? Because when Danny Glover looks at Maverick he has this look like “I recognize you, but how? Nah”. It is just a clever nod to them being a team in the “Lethal Weapon” Movies.

Time for my western movie segment called “Gunfights” where I give my opinion on the gunfights in the movies since westerns tend to have those. And they were okay, nothing special. Fun, but a little shallow. They weren’t “Tombstone” quality, but they worked I guess.

Reception for “Maverick” was overall…not bad. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 74% rating. Metacritic doesn’t even know what this movie is. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. He gave it a neat quote to go with it:

“The first lighthearted, laugh-oriented family Western in a long time, and one of the nice things about it is, it doesn’t feel the need to justify its existence. It acts like it’s the most natural thing in the world to be a Western.”

It got the score of 7,0/10 on imdb.com

So overall, “Maverick” wasn’t bad. It was highly entertaining and is perfect popcorn material. Just make sure you don’t choke on it when laughing at the funny parts (which are fairly plenty). I am giving “Maverick” an 8/10. It is very entertaining and is worth a watch.

Wow, I just reviewed a western that wasn’t too well known.

Later.

Movie Review: The Great Escape (1963)

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I am not sure if a lot of people in my generation realize how good old movies can actually be. I mean, my favorite movie is the 1966 Western classic “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. So I decided to look start watching a few older movies just because a lot of old movies happen to be really good. The reason I chose this movie to watch first and review is because the youtuber Caddicarus said that this movie is fucking great during his review of the video game adaptation of this movie. But what is MY opinion on this classic?
People…the war classic starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and many more talented people. The Great Escape.

The story is set during World War II and is about a bunch of soldiers from different parts of The UK and US to escape form a Nazi camp. That is basically it. Not terribly interesting concept, but it is based on real life, so something interesting there has to be in it. Especially with all these great actors. Sure, the concept isn’t the most interesting, but it is so well made/executed that is becomes really fucking interesting.

Characters…they are only interesting because they are so well acted. In my opinion, the best performances honestly comes from Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson. Don’t know why, just think that. Sure, everyone in this movie does great performances, but to me, those two feel like the best ones.

The music in this movie is just fucking excellent. It is a mix of suspenseful bits and very happy and cheerful bits. So yeah, music is good, nothing more to it.

The reception for this movie was really positive. It grossed a whopping 11,7 million dollars. And it had a 4 million dollar budget, which made it the highest grossing film of 1963. Unfortunately I could not find any Roger Ebert opinions on it.

Hmm…good story execution, great characters (thanks to excellent acting), great music. Yeah I got a score for ya. The score for “The Great Escape” is…9,01. Yes I am that picky with scores and yes I think you should watch this classic movie. It is great. And if you can find it on DVD/Blu-ray then I am jealous.

Review of “The Great Escape” is completed.

Goodbye for now.