Cowboys & Aliens is prove that Hollywood is getting more and more interested in turning comic book /graphic novel properties into feature films. This graphic novel in particular (which I have read, but didn’t like all that much) is not exactly critical acclaimed or extremely popular, but I guess the gimmicky title is enough to get people’s attention.
Jake (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the middle of nowhere and doesn’t remember what happened to him or even who he is. There is a metal bracelet attached to his arm which he will later discover to be an Iron-Man-esque energy cannon. With that and his insane fist fighting skills, Jake will go on an adventure that will involve wrapping a towel around a naked Olivia Wilde.
Harrison Ford plays the other main protagonist but he doesn’t really have much to do. Other members of the cast whom I like includes Paul Dano (doing his usual thing) and Sam Rockwell (also doing his usual thing). There is a young boy in the film who looks very familiar and I was trying very hard to figure out who he is. It was only during the climax of the film when I realised that he’s Noah Ringer, who previously starred in The Last Airbender. (We’ll leave the Airbender-bashing to another day…)
The story of Cowboys & Aliens is pretty interesting, and the main mystery is revealed in flashbacks. The earlier portion of the film is quite boring and dull, but it builds up nicely to the more action packed later half of the film. I like the look of the aliens in Cowboys & Aliens, mainly because they look like something out of Halo. In fact, when I was watching Cowboys & Aliens, I kept thinking of how cool the aliens of Halo would look in live action.
This is a case where my low expectations helped me to enjoy the product more. Cowboys & Aliens takes substantially long to get its groove on, but once you get to the end, you will be glad that you stayed.