Cowboys and Aliens

30 Dec

Director: Jon Favreau

Writers: Roberto Orci (screenplay), Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), and 7 more credits

Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 119 minutes

 

 

As with those mash-up songs on Glee the pairing of cowboys and aliens on film is neither subtle nor smart. It’s all very calculated and smacks of laziness on the part of the relevant studio executive. And at least one of those execs saw the error of their ways as a stream of off message quotes came from the studio as well as some of the actors on the film’s release. I can see why.

The film starts out with a decent enough storyline and the very early and relatively punchy violence grabs attention. That violence is perpetrated by Daniel Craig and he’s reasonable throughout although never fully convincing. What is worse is that the plot soon gets holed by clichéd characters and general ridiculousness whilst Harrison Ford gets introduced and his character is all over the place! I have no idea what Ford saw in this film and his role, but the first 30 minutes of him in it are painful. And then the alien attacks and mother ship cattle prod experiments start up.

This is not as bad as Wild Wild West with Will Smith (is anything?), but it’s really not good. The supporting cast, including Sam Rockwell, Clancy Brown and Keith Carradine, are hardly stretched and the lead females all look too clean and too cute to be anywhere near Arizona in 1873. It’s all just very lazy and not engaging.

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