Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens-review

Pip boy 3000?  What the hell?
            Reviews of this movie so far have been pretty poor.  I am not sure why.  It’s a movie called “Cowboys and Aliens”.  I’m pretty damn sure the folks making it knew it was B-movie material.  Still if you go into it with the right mindset.  I think you will enjoy yourself.  It’s a ridiculous escape from reality popcorn movie. 

First off the cast is nothing short of awesome.  Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown, and Sam Rockwell grace us with their performance.  All of them take it very seriously considering the material. Daniel Craig plays Jake Lonergan, man with no memory of where he comes from.  He wakes up with a gut wound and what appears to be a pip boy from the Fallout game on his wrist. 

Don't worry friend. This ain't the set of "Jonah Hex".
            He wanders into the town of Absolution (SYMBOLISM!).  He gets his wound stitched up from the Kurgan from Highlander then wanders into a bar. He learns he is a wanted criminal.  Suddenly Aliens attack and they start lassoing the townsfolk into their ships.  It’s up to Jake and a ragtag band of misfits to get together with Harrison Ford’s character, the cattle baron Colonel Dolarhyde to stop this menace.  There are some predictable parts and some parts that are straight up laughable plot wise but seriously…the movie is called “Cowboys and Aliens.” 

Welcome to Earth!
            With a title like that it’s just very hard for me to take it all that seriously.  Like Indiana Jones movies they seem tongue in cheek like they are something bigger than life.  I think that is what they are going for here too.  If you can go with that mindset you will enjoy yourself.  If you really want a serious movie that makes you think about life and the universe and whatnot then this is clearly not for you. At least you won't have to expect the inevitable sequel "Gangsters and Robots."

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