Cowboys & Aliens – Movie Review

10 01 2012

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.

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6 responses

10 01 2012
The Focused Filmographer

haha. glad you left the Airbender bashing for another day! haha.

I, unfortunately, had higher hopes for this film and couldn’t enjoy it as much as you. I turned my attention to laughing at how pearly white their teeth looked in the gritty wild west! 🙂

-T (previously TheScarletSp1der)

12 01 2012
Ipodman

You have a point about the teeth… maybe they are ALL aliens!

11 01 2012
TBM

I watched this the other night and found it amusing. Like you, I didn’t have high expectations to start with so I wasn’t let down.

12 01 2012
Ipodman

Glad we both enjoyed it.

14 01 2012
CMrok93

Feels like a flick that was poked, tweaked, reformatted and re-edited at least a dozen times. But there is still some deal of fun to be had here, this just shouldn’t have taken itself so seriously. Good review.

15 01 2012
Ipodman

Thanks, CMrok93. I appreciated that it wanted to be something serious rather than something outrageous and meaningless.

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