Monday, August 8, 2011

MOVIE REVIEW: Cowboys & Aliens

In Short:
An alien flick with nothing at all to separate it from any other sci-fi flick of the summer


Full review after the jump…

My Ramblings:
Not a ton to say about this one except it just doesn't have anything to make it stand out.  If you're going to do a movie in an overused genre like aliens-invade-earth-to-do-something-bad-to-humans-and-humans-get-pissed, then you need to do something DIFFERENT or SHOCKING or UNEXPECTED.  Cowboys & Aliens does none of these and Jon Favreau's directing only further soils the end product.  Tons of shots are held too long, the best characters don't get enough screen time, and the tone of the movie shifts too severely and too often. 

It's bad when I feel like I could summarize the whole plot in about ten words, but here we go.  Aliens invade earth in the late 19th century.  Daniel Craig wakes up with a blank memory and some kind of alien contraption on his wrist.  While trying to figure out who and where he is, you are introduced to a horribly mis-cast Harrison Ford playing some kind of ex-colonel bad guy.  The two quarrel and while the tension reaches its peak the aliens are introduced and the rest of the movie is spent watching these two chase them while you debate whether or not to finish the whole bag of chewy sweet tarts you bought and fighting back your third pee cause you just finished your second 64 ounce Mountain Dew.  Or maybe that's just me.

When I heard this movie had Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and Jon Favreau I was intrigued.  Then I sat down in the theater and all that intrigue quickly withered away.  The only enjoyable part of the movie is Olivia Wilde, who is enjoyable for fairly obvious reasons.  Favreau has done well in the past and this one wasn't bad enough to scare me away from his films for good, but skip this one and just go rent Swingers instead.




  1. Yeah. "Bland" IS its middle name, isn't it?

    Its a shame... there's a lot of people involved that I like rooting for.

  2. Couldn't agree more. I always want Harrison Ford to kill it, but his movies in the last decade just feel so forced. But then I just watch some Han Solo and all respect for him returns...