Friday, August 12, 2011

Cowboys 'n Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens is one of those projects that started with a pitch. In the evolution of the project, that simple idea stuck as the title. Americans want to know what they're getting. Cowboys and Aliens... what's that movie about? Ha Ha.

Our hero with no name wakes in the middle of the prairie with no memory. He wanders into town wearing "iron" around his wrist. He runs into trouble with the law and a local cattle mogul (Harrison Ford). Just when you think we're going to have trouble with these three groups, in come the aliens. They are from a planet close to the alien in "Super 8" (only in design, and only because I think they look alike). Oh, and then we get into with Indians. And then we find out there are other kinds of aliens (spoiler alert, the universe is vast).

The movie itself is...okay. That's the best I can muster. Having seen it a couple weeks ago I struggle to even recall if I liked it or not. The characters are wild west stereotypes. The villain arch is a simple one. This movie will mostly be remembered for high concept that is actually low (or simple) concept. Will this pave the way for "Cops and Sharks" or "Peanut Butter and Deadly Viruses"? Man I hope so.

Did you enjoy it?
Let's go with...sure.

Would you see it in theaters again?
Heavens no.

Would you buy it?
Golly jee whiz, no thank you.

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?
Probably not


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