Monday, August 1, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens 
Directed By: Jon Favreau
Written By: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.

Jon Favreau, the man who brought so much life, excitement, and action to the Iron Man series, took a step back in Cowboys & Aliens. He left all of the enjoyment he brought to Iron Man at home. I would say that this was one of the biggest disappointments of the summer. When you have such a great premise and an all star cast you would expect more than a cheesy, predictable film with huge plot holes.

The reason why this movie was such a flop was because of the script. It was predictable and took no risks. I don't need to see someone shoot a gun and miss a thousand times to see them finally hit the target when it counts. I've seen that a thousand times before and is very traditional Hollywood. You would think with 5 writers (yes 5 writers, look above) that they would have been able to come up with some original dialogue. It was generic and had no life. Not to mention the lagging scenes between Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde. You could tell there was no chemistry between the two.

On a brighter note, Harrison Ford was his normal badass self. Even pushing 70 he knows how to bring it. Also the small roles from Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano were enjoyable. Especially Dano, who brought some comedic moments in the beginning of the film.

Besides Harrison Ford being a badass, the only other thing I really liked was the look of the aliens. It is tough to create a cool looking alien and they hit it right on the nose. I wish I could have learned more about the aliens though, on where they came from or their motives. A little back story would have been nice.

If you like cowboys and you like aliens and you happen to me a man, than no matter what I say will keep you away from this movie because all men like cowboys & aliens. But this film is one to wait until it comes out on HBO or Netflix. You will walk through this movie knowing what will happen next and wishing the character would do something different.

Long Live Han Solo!

Rating: 5.5/10

Fun Fact: This movie is the fourth movie Steven Spielberg has produced about alien invasions this year, the other three being Transformers 3, Super 8, and I Am Number 4

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