‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Movie Review

by on July 29, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Cowboys & Aliens Movie Review:  So does Jon Favreau mixing up the old west with aliens work for a story?  I think it worked out acceptably.  But read on and find out what I have to say.

This morning when I got up, I was wondering if I should go hit up Cowboys & Aliens.  I started looking at what the movie reviews around the net were saying.  Earlier this week I saw movie reviews from folks who had seen the movie at Comic Con in an early screening.  They seemed pretty rosey.  But then I started seeing industry reviews of the movie and I was surprised how mediocre they were looking.

I decided to go anyway and I wasn’t disappointed.

Many moons ago I remember Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau talking about how westerns are hard to pitch but that aliens are the hot commodity in film right now.  If you want to make a western, add aliens.

In Cowboys & Aliens, Daniel Craig plays Jake, a cowboy who wakes up in the desert not knowing who he is or where he came from.  After waking up, a few guys show up and they think they have a convict or something and try to wrangle him up for transport to the nearest town.  Try, being the operative word.

From there, Jake heads into town and gets medical attention for a injury he had when he woke up.  The medical attention he receives is from a preacher named Meacham (Clancy Brown).  He encounters Ella (Olivia Wilde) and later “meets” Sheriff John Taggart (Keith Carradine).

Olivia Wilde in

After that we’re slowly introduced to other characters like Doc (Sam Rockwell), Nat (Adam Beach), Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) and Walton Goggins.

The story isn’t bad as we are really following the story of Jake and what he’s going through and what he’s been through.  Via sporadic flash backs as Jake starts to remember, we start to piece together the back story and how Jake got to where he is now.

It’s interesting to see the mish-mash of a western landscape and alien tech.

The humans we encounter represent a fascinatingly broad range of character types and the aliens are pretty bad-ass kind of alien that takes a million rounds of ammo to take down.

The story almost seems stereotypical but there are a few nice twists and surprises to keep the story interesting.

Harrison Ford in

In the end, it was a fine, fun popcorn flick.  It was good to see Harrison Ford scrapping it up while Daniel Craig makes a great cowboy, no matter which mode of cowboy he is.  (That will make sense when you see it.)

Movie Review Popcorn Score 07All in all, Cowboys & Aliens earns a Cinema Static movie review score of a popcorn 7 (out of 10).  I’m almost willing to give it an extra point for the premise that it is not offered in 3D!

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