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"Cowboys & Aliens"

Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Western and Adaptation. Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 58 minutes.

Photo by Universal Pictures

Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig in Universal Pictures' Cowboys & Aliens - 2011

 

by Michael Stark
mjstark333@msn.com

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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 and Aliens.”

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 acting talent.

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.

OVERALL RATING: B-

 

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Cowboys & Aliens movie poster

 

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