Somewhere between the simmering racism in Billy Jack and the juiced-in hick mobsters of Walking Tall lives Mr. Majestyk, a truly oddball Charles Bronson vehicle rescued for Blu-ray by the folks at Kino Lorber.
In all candor, Mr. Majestyk is a wild, unfocused mess that is nonetheless impossible to dislike due to its no-bones attitude about itself. It was penned by master crime author Elmore Leonard, and his hand is ever-present in the strange and offbeat characters that populate the story. In more capable directorial hands, the multilayered tale could have been a rich experience. As is, the story of melon farmer Vince Majestyk (Bronson, Once Upon a Time in the West) whose insistence on social justice lands him in jail, where he runs afoul of mobster Frank Renda (Al Letteri, The Godfather) careens between social commentary, lowbrow action film and awkward love story, and director Richard Fleischer never finds a decent rhythm.
However, there is place for movies that exist solely to be served with pizza and beer, and there arent many more guiltily entertaining than Mr. Majestyk.