The menu: McDonald’s
I wanted to like this movie so bad. Cowboys! Aliens! James Bond! Indiana Jones! I can’t quite work out what was wrong with it. My final thoughts are that I think they got a bit bogged down with trying to ensure that this was not your typical summer blockbuster. The writers wanted to make sure that everyone was a three dimensional character. EVERYBODY and their mother had a backstory. No joke, even the dog had a backstory. When you watch a movie called ‘Cowboys & Aliens’, nobody’s watching for the insightful commentary on the human condition. They wanna watch explosions and dudes on horses.
My other complaint about the movie was the sound. I know this makes me sound like an old woman but it was SO loud!! Every explosion was earth shattering so we had to turn it down but then because the movie was also a Western, when the characters were talking, everybody mumbled and we had to turn it up. Resulting in all of us nearly wetting our pants, when we had the TV turned up loud to try and hear what everyone was saying and then there would be a surprise explosion.
Luckily I quite like Daniel Craig. I think he’s a good actor, effortlessly cool and easy on the eyes. Also, they put him in a pair of chaps which once Girl Roomie pointed out to me, I could not take my eyes off them.
And special shout out to the special effects team because they did an awesome job on everything. I thought the aliens were really well done. Menacing and very realistic.
Recommended? All in all, the movie’s alright but it’s pretty long and I think that adds another nail to its coffin. If you wanna see a good mix of the Western and sci-f genre, I’d recommend you watch ‘Firefly’ instead.