"Cowboys & Aliens"
Science Fiction, Western and Adaptation. Rated PG-13. 1 hour,
by Universal Pictures
Ford and Daniel Craig in Universal Pictures' Cowboys
& Aliens - 2011
Daniel Craig wakes
up in the middle of nowhere with a strange weapon attached to
his wrist that helps him fight off extraterrestrials in “Cowboys
I’m not a huge fan of the western genre. Not saying I dislike,
there are tons of great western movies out there. It just isn’t
the first type of movie that I seek out. However one thing I always
enjoy seeing in a western is the look. I love the look of the
Old West. The old somewhat tattered clothes, the hats, the saloons,
the horses. I love the way most westerns look. I think that was
the most important thing director Jon Favreau had to focus on
for this movie. The look had to feel accurate and real. Otherwise,
the audience will dismiss the whole movie as corny, too over-the-top
and too ridiculous.
The cast is also pretty top notch. Daniel Craig is certainly a
viable leading man in any action film. Harrison Ford still brings
it at his advanced age. Actually, this is exactly the type of
movie his talents should be used towards. Olivia Wilde also continues
to prove that she is more than just a pretty face, but has some
The rest of the cast is also good, with veterans like Clancy Brown
and Sam Rockwell. However that leads me to one of my complaints
about the film. Brown and Rockwell are great actors, and I have
always enjoyed them a great deal. They are vastly underused here.
Brown only gets a few scenes, and is perfect in all of them. Rockwell
gets more screen time, but his character wasn’t developed
nearly enough. He just seemed to be along for the ride.
I had high expectations for “Cowboys and Aliens,”
and while it didn’t quite reach them, it is still a fun,
action-packed, summer popcorn flick.
credit: Universal Pictures
& Aliens movie poster