Review 41 – Cowboys And Aliens

Harrison Ford again plays second-fiddle in a space western.

Cowboys & Aliens

Why I Saw It: The film’s premise about aliens attacking wild-west era cowboys didn’t cause much in the way of anticipation, but Jon Favreau’s involvement did, as did Daniel Craig’s involvement. And quite a few other people in the cast: Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Olivia Wilde, Abigail Spencer and Harrison Ford. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that I waited for the movie to hit Blu-ray, especially given that most reviews from mainstream critics were negative.

Memorable Performances: An above-average performance from Daniel Craig, who looks just as natural riding a horse and using alien weaponry as he does driving a crazy awesome sports car and shooting a Walther handgun. Two years from now, I’ll probably also remember the performance of Olivia Wilde, who is involved in a significant twist towards the third act. Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano and Harrison Ford  were decent, but not necessarily memorable.

The Regrettable Aspects: Nothing specifically comes to mind, though the script could’ve had more depth, specifically as relates to Harrison Ford’s character and Daniel Craig’s backstory.

Would I watch it again? If it’s on television at some point and there aren’t any other good options, I’d check it out. I can’t imagine my wife enjoying it, nor would I make a point of recommending it to any of my friends.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Not a great flick, but the acting was adequate and the action was decent.

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’12: 

none

Next Up: The much maligned PROMETHEUS

I’m also looking into different formats for my reviews, because quite honestly the long versions with paragraphs won’t cut it… and most people just skim through them anyway.

Suggestions / critiques welcomed.

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