18 February 2012

Movies: Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens (2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0409847/

Sci-Fi Western

The title tells you exactly what this film is about.

It starts out much like any other standard Western film. A stranger shows up in town, goes to the saloon, orders a drink. A fight breaks out. There's a spoiled punk kid whose daddy pretty much owns the whole town that gets in trouble with the law. Daddy shows up to bust him outta jail.
Then aliens show up.

There's actually a lot more to the story than that. What I liked was it felt like a Western film, despite some odd things here and there. Then after the aliens show up, it still feels like a Western but also feels like a sci-fi alien invasion story.

Great cast in this, some real powerhouses like Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Walton Goggins, Olivia Wilde. Yowza. Has a decent script, much better than one would assume from the title and subject matter. The film could have gone very wrong but didn't.  It has aliens, spaceships, explosions, six-shooters, fistfights, you name it - everything you expect from both genres bunched up in one entertaining film.

Directed by Jon Favreau of Iron Man & Iron Man 2, plus he's been an actor in a few flicks you may have seen as well. Writing credits go to Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (and others). Orci and Kurtzman have been stomping around films and TV series with J.J. Abrams, so you know those guys have been doing some doings from Xena:Warrior Princess through Alias, Star Trek reboot, Fringe, Hawaii Five-0. At this point if I see Abrams, Orci and Kurtzman attached to a project I'm going to watch it. They're on that list.

Great choice for the Friday night action movie or Saturday night sci-fi film.  Entertainment for entertainment's sake done right.

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