Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner once again teams up with Mel Gibson (with a hilarious cameo from Danny Glover) to bring TV's classic character Brett Maverick to life on the big screen. In a departure from the usual loss-of-love-leads-to-revenge action picture, here Gibson shows off his comedic talents with ample support from Jodi Foster (in one of her best performances) and James Garner (who played Maverick on TV and a retired law-man here), not to mention a who's who of classic western cameos ranging from The Magnificent Seven's James Coburn to Dances with Wolves' Graham Greene to Dub Taylor (the old guy who had bit parts in everything from Them! to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to Support Your Local Gunfighter to Gunsmoke and Back to the Future 3), and that's only a few; previous Donner alumni like Corey Feldman show up amongst a host of familiar faces from singers to screenwriters. But there's still plenty of action too; fist-fights, a shoot-out, a tribute to veteran stuntman Yamica Canutt's horse-hopping escapades in Stagecoach, and even a daring riverboat heist. And that's doesn't even cover all the great gambling scenes too, which teach you about "tells", mental stamina, and a few other tricks of the trade. There's double-crosses, deviousness, thievery, mayhem, and romance! Truly a rollicking western packed to the brim with aces, and a triple-climax of an ending that should leave audiences more than satisfied. It might not be a standard shoot-em-up, but its family-friendly, incredibly fun, and one of the few GREAT westerns in modern times.