Cowboys & Aliens

With a very strong performance by Daniel Craig, “Cowboys and Aliens” effectively grabs your interest, from the first frame. His quintessential, tight-lipped, tough-guy cowboy is everything we want in a Western hero. Unfortunately, Craig’s performance is pretty much all this movie has going for itself. The fireworks of the first five minutes quickly fizzle out, as the movie wanders into a muddled, almost aimless story, populated by cardboard characters and a most uninteresting antagonist.

It’s a bit of a waste of time to include a plot-synopsis in this review, as it’s all in the title. A bunch of cowboys fight a bunch of aliens.

Additionally, Daniel Craig has a plot-device attached to his arm. That is, the magical thing attached to his arm doesn’t explain anything, isn’t a piece of a puzzle that needs to be solved, but is simply there to help level the playing-field between the technologically-advanced aliens and the over-matched cowboys.

Harrison Ford joins the fray, along with a rag-tag group of cowboys, some outlaws, and even some injuns, to defeat the nefarious aliens who have come to Earth to… wait a minute, they traveled across the galaxy to do what?! Be prepared to snicker. Also, Ford’s character is supposed to be a good-guy, but he’s really just an asshole, and that doesn’t help the movie.

All of this would be forgivable, if the action scenes were more thrilling. Though they’re nearly constant, they’re not much of a thrill-ride, and the end result is numbing.

To be fair, this scathing review may be a bit of an exaggeration. Director John Favreau keeps a tight pace, and the movie has a very high energy to it. Overall, it has the highest of production values; they just never really gel together.

I’ve seen much worse movies this Summer, and “Cowboys & Aliens” isn’t completely horrible; it’s just so…average.

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2.5
Title: Cowboys & Aliens
Director : Jon 'Couples Retreat' Favreau
Starring : Harrison Craig, Daniel Ford, Sam Wilde, Olivia Rockwell and no genuine cowboys (or aliens)
Certificate: 12a
Running Time: I'm guessing long

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  2. Nick says:

    I’m told nothing but bad things about this (in the sort of way I talk about Green Lantern) so it’s good to read a balanced review that ultimately says it’s pretty rubbish!

  3. Ernest Worthing says:

    When it was being made, I was afraid of it turning out to be just average.

    I wanted it to be enjoyable and great in line with the genius simplicity of its title.

    *sigh* Oh well…