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Review: Cowboys & Aliens

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the i-really-should-expense-the-babysitter dept.

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The name pretty much sums it up: There are cowboys. There are aliens. And Iron Man Director Jon Favreau has blown a pretty penny trying to make the whole thing work, getting the sexiest woman alive from Maxim a few years back, as well as a James Bond and a Han Solo to convince you to come to the theater and watch 6-shooters take on the little green men. Spoilers may exist below, but I promise to keep the review mostly lacking substance: just like the movie.

So let me be clear up front: I didn't hate it. The only movie this summer that I walked out of the theater thinking FAIL in capital letters was Green Lantern. So far everything else has had some sort of redeeming value. And this does too: solid production values, occasionally funny dialog, cool looking aliens, and a really awesome bad guy base/rocket ship is good fun.

The plot: Daniel Craig is a cowboy who wakes up with amnesia and a strange metal wrist band. He runs afoul of a punk kid with a rich daddy (Ford) in a town where blinking lights in the sky show up and lasso people away at night. So Craig and Ford and a ragtag assortment of town folk go looking for their kin, learning about the aliens, and growing beyond their cheesy racism with the local indians, and shooting pistols at alien space ships.

The sci-fi western is tough sod to trod. The winners (Firefly, Cowboy Bebop) have typically placed Cowboys into Outter Space, and not Aliens into the Old West. For me, this is because the whole old west/cowboy thing is kinda campy. Hollywood dried up that well over the years, leaving behind a legacy of great and terrible movies. But the Western has a visual vocabulary we all know. The Bar Hall Brawl. The standoff in main street between two gun-slingers. The Boozing and the Prostitutes. And of course the dialog conventions... that 1800s slang which is very fun to play with for a moment, and pretty annoying after awhile. Unless you are Malcolm Reynolds.

I think they did an ok job with their world. They never really break out of The Old West. With the exception of the super weapon that Craig has attached to his wrist, the good guys weapons are pistols, rifles, dynamite sticks which makes it all the more awesome fighting highly maneuverable alien fighter jets, as well as the more melee battles on the ground.

The aliens and their technology are a mixed bag. Their design is sort of like a turtle with a quatto to inside. We see 2 ships: one which is kinda a fighter that looks like a firefly, and one giant rocket base that is mostly underground and used to mine gold (which is explained, but really is done just for cool golden visuals scattered all around the film, and to justify alien presence and overall badness).

Should you see it? I enjoyed Captain America, Harry Potter, and Thor more. But this was better than Transformers 3 and Green Lantern. It's visually stylized. Sometimes charming. My wife thought Daniel Craig was just ok, where I found him to be pretty cool. I thought Harrison Ford to once again proves that he is just to old for this sort of work: Same problem with Indiana Jones the action just isn't believable any more- he looks and moves like an old man, and they edit it this stuff to make him look like he is doing more than he is instead of embracing the fact that he's an old guy shuffling around. He just doesn't pull it off. But he looks good in a hat.

But when I look at the producer credits, I can't help but feel like this just should have been better. There are 8 writers, including several of the Bad Robot regulars. The producers include the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer team, Steven Spielburg and those Lost guys again. I can't help but feel like when the dust settled, this was a film by committee. From the design to the script to the casting and somewhere through 8 writers and all these producers a bit of sparkle got sanded off.

But hey, next summer Pirates & Aliens? Ninjas & Aliens? I spent all night trying to decide what genre should encounter aliens next, and i have the answer: Alien & Aliens. Now THAT would be a movie.

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Steven Spielburg? (1)

dtmos (447842) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948706)

Who the heck is that?

Re:Steven Spielburg? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36948760)

Pretty sure that's the guy who directed Shaving Ryan's Privates.

Re:Steven Spielburg? (4, Insightful)

war4peace (1628283) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948776)

He changed name after doing that horrendous piece of shit called "War of the Worlds". To wash the shame away.
Turns out that wasn't enough!

Re:Steven Spielburg? (2)

uberjack (1311219) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948816)

Steven Spielberg's non-union Mexican equivalent.

Re:Steven Spielburg? (5, Funny)

Heed00 (1473203) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948920)

C'mon, you know that's Señor Spielbergo.

Re:Steven Spielburg? (2)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949990)

Steven Spielburgh. He makes all the movies filmed in Pittsburgh.

There are 8 writers (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36948708)

The true sign of any picture I would avoid.

Reviews... (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948726)

One mans opinion is of no consequence to me.
I still plan to see it on netflix.

My short review. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949010)

It wasn't a bad movie. But it wasn't original either.

I shouldn't compain too much about that though, since there really aren't any original movies. Every movie I ever watch these days just gives me a sense of deja-vu.

And, no, Matrix was not original, you kids. Off my lawn!

Re:My short review. (3, Insightful)

DJRumpy (1345787) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949126)

I always enjoy when someone comes along and says a movie isn't original, not noting the fact that there are no previous big release movies with Cowboys and Aliens that I can recall. I'm sure there may be some hidden in some B-Movie treasure trove, but the fact that a main line studio did this is refreshing rather than re-rehashing some remake done 4 times already.

The movie itself has familiar 'themes' but that's about it. If you go to that extreme, every movie and story told today has similar themes (boy meets girl, good vs bad, yada yada). The movie was better than usual summer fare, with an interesting plot and an unusual story idea. That is to be encouraged, especially when they managed to pull it off as well as they did.

No regrets seeing this one.

Re:My short review. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949590)

I always enjoy when someone comes along and says a movie isn't original, not noting the fact that there are no previous big release movies with Cowboys and Aliens that I can recall.

The specifics aren't what matters - the plot is essentially the same as Stargate once the aliens are discovered.

Re:My short review. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949732)

Did you see this movie?

Stargate: Ancient aliens who use stargates to travel to other worlds, find and subjugate the ancient earth population into slavery and declare themselves gods.

CB&A: A probe force finds earth and lands to start mining it's gold which they also consider a valuable element. They snatch a few humans to study and experiment on but otherwise ignore the local populace.

I see your point. At least both movies happened on earth, at least in some scenes.

Re:Reviews... (2)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949342)

Why would you look at a movie review article then? Let alone comment on one?

Re:Reviews... (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949796)

You assume I read it, and you assume one can not share their opinion in response to anothers opinion.
You fail to understand opinions.

Re:Reviews... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949884)

Given your apparent view on "one man's opinion" why would you share your opinion as if yours was somehow more worthy than any other? The question now being, are you an arrogant hypocrite or just an ignorant hypocrite?

Cool starry bra (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36948748)

Cool starry bra

Alien vs Ninja (3, Informative)

nhat11 (1608159) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948754)

They already have an alien vs ninja =) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_vs_Ninja [wikipedia.org]

Re:Alien vs Ninja (1)

covaro (893680) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948786)

They already have an alien vs ninja =) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_vs_Ninja [wikipedia.org]

And it has to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I'll never get those 90 minutes back.

Re:Alien vs Ninja (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948838)

Right on! What's more...

Alien & Aliens. Now THAT would be a movie.

doesn't this qualify? [google.com] There's even a video game

Crappy, crappy film (5, Insightful)

heptapod (243146) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948762)

It's nothing like the comic and as AC posted there are eight writers which is a warning sign.

I was hoping there would be a high noon shootout, a crazy old prospector sidekick, the whore with a heart of gold and a six shooter between her boobs, saving an alien from being hung by the sheriff who's more crooked than the branch on the executioner's tree. Instead "Aliens are greedy like us. Supposedly killing off humans means they can get all our gold." Aliens who can travel interstellar distances have the need to exterminate humanity when 16-17th century tradesmen traded realty for shiny beads of glass then have the unmitigated gall to gift those natives with blankets full of cooties. Crappy films are good when they're crowdpleasers but there weren't any joyful moments where humanity got their comeuppance against the aliens.

I expected Blazing Saddles with anal probes. Instead I got JJ Abrams without lens flare.

Re:Crappy, crappy film (4, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948974)

Sometimes an action flick is just that...
Action flicks rarely if ever really have a good plot... We just think they do when we were kids, or teenagers. If you never saw any of the Star Wars movies then watched them (Even excluding the new ones) they would probably joke at the lame plot that they use to show off all the cool special effects.

Why did they need the force? Well as a plot device to show people doing super human things, so they can make these cool special effects with it, did the force really add to the plot much... Lets see...
Boy Find messagers who direct them to a an old general.
General befriends boy and asks him to join him,
Boy rejects then finds guardians dead from bad guy.
Boy goes with general as has nothing else to do.
General finds Rogues to do work No Questions Asked.
General, Boy and Rogues go on quest get caught by Bad Guys.
General, Boy and Rogues try to escape and rescue the Dame.
General works on the escape, while Boy and Rogues find dame.
Dame helps Boy and Rogues escape.
General Finds Bad Guy fights to the death and dies.
Boy takes Generals place.
Boy kills Bad Guys...
Boy becomes Hero.

Now you can take that story plot, and change things around many ways to create hundreds of movies. After such movies we do not gain much insight into anything. They are just fun to watch the special effects, and its easy plot allows our imagination to make us feel like we can be the hero too.

Re:Crappy, crappy film (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949854)

...Wow. I hadn't really thought of A New Hope in that context, but you're completely right. I haven't felt this let down since I found out that Santa Claus wasn't real...

Re:Crappy, crappy film (1)

ratnerstar (609443) | more than 3 years ago | (#36950144)

I get your point, but there really aren't any huge OMG special effects in Star Wars related to the force. Stuff moving without being touched? A dude grabbing his neck and pretending like he's getting choked? The most famous force moment is done completely through dialogue ("These aren't the droids you're looking for").

Star Wars special effects were all things like space ships and planets blowing up.

Re:Crappy, crappy film (1)

scosco62 (864264) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948982)

Yeah, and I truly believe that there are a crowd of people who really really want Harrison Ford to do something that doesn't suck. We keep buying tickets, and it's a surprise when we get oatmeal instead of steak. Out the last twenty-ish movies, three have been tolerable, none have been great. Before the early 90's, then it was 50/50..... Cowboys & Aliens Morning Glory Extraordinary Measures Crossing Over Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Firewall Hollywood Homicide K-19: The Widowmaker What Lies Beneath Random Hearts Six Days Seven Nights Air Force One The Devil's Own Sabrina Clear and Present Danger The Fugitive Patriot Games Regarding Henry Presumed Innocent and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Working Girl Frantic The Mosquito Coast Witness Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Blade Runner

Re:Crappy, crappy film (2)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949306)

I love your story idea. But I can't let the beads-for-realty thing go without making the comment that the Natives didn't pretend to own any land, so if anybody got taken for a ride in such a deal it was the one who purchased from a non-owner.

But I think the realty reality was more about violent force (and cooties) than swindling.

Re:Crappy, crappy film (3, Informative)

KarrdeSW (996917) | more than 3 years ago | (#36950110)

It's also worth noting that the land was actually traded for several thousand dollars (in that time, not today's) worth of beads, firearms, cookware, and other manufactured goods (the bulk of which was NOT the beads).

It's especially worth noting that the natives who sold the land didn't live there. They actually sold a neighboring tribe's land. The rest is violent force and cooties.

Re:Crappy, crappy film (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949604)

I enjoyed the movie a lot. It's entertainment, it's for fun. If you are going to look for a logical plot line and deep significant meaning don't watch something that has cowboys and aliens in it. There was lots of action, some plot twists, some heart wrenching tragedy, a pretty girl, lots of funny stuff and even a few subtle jokes. There were heroes and villains, the bad guys lost, the good guys won, and the hero redeemed himself. A great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon. If micro-criticizing every possible little thing that could possibly be considered imperfect does it for you then go ahead an hit that button, but I think most people would enjoy the show and consider they got fair value for their money.

what? (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948770)

and a Han Solo

"A" Han Solo? Since when were there multiples?

Re:what? (1)

bertoelcon (1557907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948824)

A voice actor from the video games maybe?

Re:what? (5, Funny)

shawn(at)fsu (447153) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949136)

There are at least two different Han Solos. One of them shot first, the other shot in self defense. It's all very quantum.

Re:what? (1)

vuke69 (450194) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949628)

Schrödinger's Han Solo?

Or would that be Han Duo?

Putin is not James Bond (2, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948774)

Daniel Craig aka Vladimir Putin should be a Bond villain not James Bond. How do they explain him being a cowboy in this? The KGB sent him to spy on our cattle?

Re:Putin is not James Bond (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948888)

I don't even know what this means.

Re:Putin is not James Bond (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949026)

With a little help [thisblogrules.com]

Re:Putin is not James Bond (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36948910)

Daniel Craig aka Vladimir Putin should be a Bond villain not James Bond. How do they explain him being a cowboy in this? The KGB sent him to spy on our cattle?

Why would the KGB send an English actor to spy on American cattle.

Re:Putin is not James Bond (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949538)

Why would the KGB send an English actor to spy on American cattle.

Because no one would suspect him?

Re:Putin is not James Bond (0)

MichaelKristopeit425 (2018896) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949062)

you're an idiot. you should not be an idiot. how do you explain being an idiot?

cower some more behind your chosen numeric misspelling based pseudonym, feeb.

you're completely pathetic.

Re:Putin is not James Bond (2)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949418)

Dude, Craig is half Welsh, half English.

Re:Putin is not James Bond (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949788)

Dude, Craig is half Welsh, half English.

God, keep him out of the kitchen, whatever you do.

Next Summer's Blockbuster (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36948802)

Smurfs vs. Aliens. Little blue men vs. little green men.

Smurfs vs. Aliens - possible must see (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949156)

And if Jayma Mays shows up in that movie naked, I'm there.

(Yes, she's in my list of five. Just sayin'...)

Come on.... (2)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948832)

Pirates & Aliens? Ninjas & Aliens?

Pirates & Ninjas, obviously!

Re:Come on.... (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948890)

How can there not be a Pirates v. Ninjas yet? They wouldn't do it right though. It should be non-stop violence and action with next to no story and absolutely no romantic subplot or motivations. 90 minute film, 85 minutes of action.

Re:Come on.... (2)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949116)

I think you're forgetting about Harper Lee's timeless classic "How to Kill a Mockingbird" [albinoblacksheep.com] . I think that pretty much says all that needs, nay, can be said in the pirates vs ninjas genre.

But you still have monkey vs robot vs pirate vs ninja (vs alien vs predator vs terminator (wait, robot...)) which is wide open.

Re:Come on.... (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949226)

The series will end in 2031 with the Oscar-winning, Capcom-sponsored blockbuster, Super Cowboys and Aliens and Pirates and Ninjas and Monkeys and Robots and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies II Turbo: Hyper Fighting.

Re:Come on.... (1)

LC Trucido (1934100) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949988)

I'd watc

Re:Come on.... (4, Funny)

mdf356 (774923) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949144)

90 minute film, 85 minutes of action.

So, a porno without the sex? :-)

Re:Come on.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949160)

Well, they did a Samurai vs. Ninjas vs. Pirates vs. Priests as a miniseries named Shogun. But is mostly story with a romantic subplot and not much action.
I still recommend it.

Re:Come on.... (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948960)

Pirates & Aliens? Ninjas & Aliens?

Pirates & Ninjas, obviously!

I have always said that the only thing missing from The Last Samurai was pirates, and it would have then become the ultimate action movie, because it would have had pirates, ninja, samurai, and machine guns.

Think I'll be skipping this one (3, Interesting)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948856)

The producers include the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer team, Steven Spielburg and those Lost guys again.

Wow, that just screams mediocre crap before the first scene even plays.

Same problem with Indiana Jones the action just isn't believable any more- he looks and moves like an old man

Ford seems to be one of those actors who just can't accept his age. And for some reason, everyone is still indulging him (maybe they're still starstruck from his younger days). Personally, he's one of the actors I would least want to ever have to work with. He comes off as an arrogant prick in just about every interview and the people who've worked with him don't ever seem to have many kind words for him (except Lucas and Spielburg, who both started working with him before he became so big). Basically, he's an old-school movie star who does everything HIS way and isn't going to listen to any direction at all, especially someone telling him "You're an old man now, and you look stupid as shit in a fight scene." And this is not the kind of movie he should be in anymore (not sure what in the hell Favreau was thinking).

Re:Think I'll be skipping this one (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948908)

Hollywood is a bottom-line industry. When they see "Harrison" they think of all the money his movies have generated. If they have to wheel him out on stage they'll do it.

Same thing with a lot of other aging actors. Sylvester Stallone is still squeezing blood from that stone and they're talking about a Die Hard 5!!! I really just don't get why Hollywood doesn't trust the new generation of leading men to carry films. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, et. al. are proven assets.

Re:Think I'll be skipping this one (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949748)

Die Hard was Bruce Willis.

Re:Think I'll be skipping this one (2)

TimHunter (174406) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949118)

He was thinking he wants to sell tickets to people over 40. Especially women over 40. Nothing wrong with that. Rosie Huntington-Whitely isn't in Transformers 3 for her acting skills.

Re:Think I'll be skipping this one (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949420)

Rosie Huntington-Whitely isn't in Transformers 3 for her acting skills.

Really? I'm pretty sure simply being alive counts as good acting for that series. And yes, I am including plants.

Re:Think I'll be skipping this one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949586)

Just to be clear, Harrison Ford is about 70 years old. My mother, who is also about 70 years old, thinks he's hot and she went to see the movie with me primarily because he was in it. (She liked the film.)

I, on the other hand, am a woman the same age as Mr. Craig (we are both over 40). Although Mr. Ford was very appealing to me when I was a teenage girl watching Star Wars, now he looks old and tired to me. I'd much rather look at the toothsome Mr. Craig.

Re:Think I'll be skipping this one (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36950008)

The Lost guys is the dead giveaway that it sucks. I loved Lost until they tried to plug the 1 million plot holes at the end. Eventually the number of things which had no explanation or were explained by "it's magic!" ruined the entire series. Lost was great at making you wonder what the hell was going on but little else. Anything else written by these guys is likely to suck just as badly. It would be nice if Hollywood would finally figure this out, but since Lost made tons of money stringing people along, that's unlikely.

Alien vs. Ninja (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36948860)

They actually made that before Cowboys and Aliens...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1592503/

Reading this hurts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36948882)

"I thought Harrison Ford to once again proves that he is just to old for this sort of work"

Is CmdrTaco ESL? I have not seen grammatical flubs with this density since teaching english abroad.

Re:Reading this hurts (1)

jason.sweet (1272826) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949630)

I have not seen grammatical flubs with this density since teaching english abroad.

You must be new here.

Re:Reading this hurts (1)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949986)

>I have not seen grammatical flubs with this density since teaching english abroad.

Go to any American high school. Listen to the students. Worse yet, listen to the teachers. Follow this with an emergency trip to your therapist in a probably vain effort to stave off suicidal depression.

A vs A? Done that. (2)

pupitetris (1259782) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948912)

Remember Aliens VS Predator, which was another OK movie.

This movie was AWESOME. (4, Funny)

PatTheGreat (956344) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948916)

Seriously. I don't care what the critics say, it had cowboys, aliens, Olivia Wilde, Daniel Craig, and Harrison Ford. If you don't like it, then you, my friend, just don't know art.

It was like a Linux conf near WWDC (1)

snikulin (889460) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948926)

Harry Potter movie was in the next auditorium. A lot of good looking chicks.
Our C&A auditorium: No chicks whatsoever. A lot of gray neck-bearded geeks. Bleah.
I am shaving my gray beard ASAP.

The movie was OK. Not great but passable.

Re:It was like a Linux conf near WWDC (2)

ginbot462 (626023) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949122)

It got you to want to shave. Come on, that's something! Sort of like how Michael Bay films give me dysentery.

Air Force One (3, Funny)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948932)

Am I the only one that was hoping for a scene on a train, so that Harrison Ford could tell an alien to "Get off my train"?

Re:Air Force One (1)

TheAlmightyQ (306969) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949082)

No Ticket

Alien & Aliens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36948952)

Alien & Aliens -- Isn't that AVP: Alien vs. Predator?

And Ninjas & Aliens -- apparently that was made last year: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1592503/

Zeppelin vs Pterodactyls - dammit! (3, Interesting)

smoothnorman (1670542) | more than 3 years ago | (#36948988)

This is the one and only most critical RandomA-vs-RandomB film that cries out to be made!: http://boingboing.net/2007/07/31/zeppelin-vs-pterodac.html [boingboing.net]

Jürgen Prochnow as the prussian sabre scarred Zeppelin captain with a vast history and one last battle to prove! ...and i dunno...uh, John Malkovich as the psionically mentally linked Pterodactyl master - who, unlikely enough, has a past that overlaps Prochnow's ...yeah.

You Know... (2)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949004)

It might be worth seeing if it had Vin Diesel.

And I was really drunk.

Re:You Know... (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949142)

and they're were hookers and blackjack?

Re:You Know... (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#36950184)

Oh come on, Pitch Black and CoR wasn't that bad. In fact, I actually enjoyed the series.

gn44 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949022)

the 4ard drive to Apple too. No, bad for *BSD. As here, but what is use the sling. obsessed - give ink splashes across

I enjoyed it (2)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949172)

To me it was a fun, marginally campy movie. Daniel Craig does a pretty good job playing the tough guy. I didn't go in looking for a life-changing experience, and I came of the theater having enjoyed myself.

I guess each has his own opinion, but I still don't understanding the hating some people have for this movie, given its limited ambitions in the first place.

Re:I enjoyed it (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949324)

Agreed. I went in expecting a bunch of cowboy cliche's and some mean aliens for a summertime popcorn movie. I also expected cowboys shooting at aliens. And that's exactly what we got. I also don't understand why everyone is dumping on the movie. I think some of it is that moviegoers have become "spoiled" on such high production values that they have become too hard to please.

Re:I enjoyed it (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949468)

They're the same people who went to "Snakes on a Plane" expecting a life-changing, deep, inspiring experience. Instead they got snakes. On a plane. So they whined and complained and bitched and moaned.

Re:I enjoyed it (3, Insightful)

Doctor_Jest (688315) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949492)

I also agree.. :)

Well put. Sometimes movies are just supposed to be fun. I mean, seriously? We're praising movies on the one hand that have just as silly a premise as this one, but because someone has a boner against Daniel Craig as James Bond, this movie lacks "substance"? WTF? Didn't the title clue everyone in? (As for Craig, I enjoyed his Bond movies... more than I can say for the last 4 Bonds...)

Now for the rest of you neckbeard Comic Book Guys:

Sometimes movies are just that... fun rides. Who gives a shit if Harrison Ford is arrogant? The man's been in film franchises that grossed a bazillion dollars... and he's a good actor. He's wiping his ass with $100 bills and that sparks jealousy. He doesn't "Burt Reynolds" his way through a part... he's believable.

As for high art in this movie... is everyone missing the fun? All critical folk should look at this movie the way they SHOULD have looked at the Star Wars prequels... through 11-year-old eyes. Stop trying to turn simple action space operas into hard science fiction all the time. You'll live longer. :)

This movie has all the elements:

Cowboys? Check.
Aliens? Check.
Explosions? Check.
Action thrills? Check.

Pretty much pass me the popcorn. If I wanted to watch Shakespeare, I wouldn't go to a movie with the title "Cowboys and Aliens"...

Re:I enjoyed it (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 3 years ago | (#36950106)

Yeah, it sounds like the movie is Exactly What It Says On The Tin [tvtropes.org] . If you didn't like it, why did you go see it to begin with? What on earth were you expecting? xD

Popcorn Movies (2, Insightful)

IonOtter (629215) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949196)

Y'know, people need to just learn to turn off their brains once in a while. If you really wanna use your brains when you see a movie, don't go to the cinema at the mall, go to the art-house cinema in the college district.

This is where the genre of "popcorn movies" comes into play. It's not great, it's not bad, it's a movie you can enjoy so long as you've got a bit of popcorn to stuff in your face while you watch it. Quite frankly, the last "Steak and Potatoes" movie I saw was "Moon", and I left the theater incredibly happy. The last "Dinner and Nightcap" movie I saw was "Avatar", and I left THAT one a bit dizzy and giggly, wanting a cigarette.

But most of the summer offerings so far have been either Popcorn, or flat out Pepto-Bismol. "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" from last year is a perfect example of a Peptol-Bismol movie, and I'm glad I didn't see it in the theater, but got it from "a friend".

"Cowboys and Aliens"? I'd call this one a "Popcorn, Soda and Hot Dog" movie. It's not a "Steak and Potatoes" movie, but it's got more brains than just a popcorn. You don't need a brain, per se, but if you care to use it, you won't be terribly disappointed. You'll still be a bit peckish when you leave, but not sick over spending 10 bux.

Re:Popcorn Movies (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949782)

I saw Kung Fu Hustle and Ong Bak at my college's theater. Twas awesome without all the inconsiderate SOBs around.

Be brain dead too long and your IQ drops (1)

bussdriver (620565) | more than 3 years ago | (#36950220)

Not using your brain probably lowers your IQ or at least makes thinking seem like more work. People have way too much time to turn off their brain; watching TV turns off more of their brains than sleeping does! Given how much stupid shit goes on these days people need to wake up and START thinking not take a break (a break which they've not earned.)

Our lives have become like our food-- cheap junk we buy to falsely fill needs leaving us unfulfilled... so we consume endlessly as long as we go down the wrong path. Many people don't know the difference between wants and needs and fewer understand the difference between fact and opinion than before. We are not just getting FAT from this new cultural pattern but its also harming all other aspects of life (as we become fat headed too.)

Proper Expectations (1)

prgrmr (568806) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949204)

The key to enjoying any movie is correct expectations. If you, like CmdrTaco, cannot help but to compare this with Firefly/Serenity, you will be disappointed. It's not a space western, it's a Close Encounter, and quite honestly, has more in common with that movie than any western. It uses the usual suspects of western stereotypes in order to keep the backstories to a minimum, and does it as effectively as any other movie has. Ultimately it's an action movie, and the action delivers a 6 or 7 out of 10, which is the only real complaint.

Sequel? (3, Insightful)

rishistar (662278) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949212)

So when is Cowboys vs Predators coming out?

Quality of the reviewer spoils the review (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949222)

Well I stopped reading after you said you walked out on Green Lantern because you, sir, are an idiot.

Alien vs Aliens Already Done (1)

manlygeek (958223) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949286)

It's called Aliens vs Predators.

Totally Agree (1)

ad1217 (2418196) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949308)

I just saw this last night... it has some interesting problems... like how did the girl even get there? all together not great... and there was a lot of advertising for it, which raises our expectations...

Re:Totally Agree (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949502)

> like how did the girl even get there?

Oh c'mon, I think we are imaginative enough to be able to hypothesize another vehicle without actually seeing it. Must we be held by the hand all the way through the story?

Is it worth $20 and 2 hrs? (1)

Johnny Mnemonic (176043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949314)

+ babysitter? Sounds like, "no".

I wish that Hollywood would understand that making money of movies is not a god-given right, that folks won't go to movies just cause they're there.

I saw an interview with Favreau, where he said something like this movie "gave him a chance to experiment blah blah". Tip: movies that want to be commercially successful should not be seen as a director's playground of "visuals" etc. They should tell a story that the audience will be interested in.

If Favreau wants to experiment, he should do it on the indie circuit with $5M budgets. Or accept that his $100M experiments only demonstrates that doing something for his own enjoyment are not what others will enjoy as well.

Samuel L. Jackson VS Aliens (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949330)

"I am sick of these Muth-f'ing aliens on this Mutha-f'ing planet!" -- I mean come on, Cowboys and aliens is this years "Snakes on a Plane" - the title is the movie and the movie is the title.

It's either this or Smurfs (1)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949394)

Frankly, I'm done with these genre flicks of late. I'm also tired of the comic book crap. Spiderman was good, Spiderman 2, not so much etc. The Hulk movies were just there to fill seats with CGI which, let's face it, is what writers go for these days. Come on Nick Nolte? Seriously?

To do a movie nowadays it seems you have to pick from one of the subjects: Toys, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Comic Books and "artsy." Yes with 8 writers it was bad, but the OG "Casino Royale" had what, 5 directors and I still laugh every time I see it. It's especially funny when you remember it uses the same Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass music throughout.

Come on, Woody Allen as a villain? Classic.

When I go to a movie I want to be entertained, otherwise I can spend my $20 bucks on a lap dance.

Alien vs Alien (1)

mknewman (557587) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949506)

Wasn't Predator vs Alien enough to satisfy the Alien vs Alien wish? If an enemy of your enemy is your friend then if two enemies are fighting doesn't that make it a win/win situation?

And her name is...? (2, Insightful)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949522)

And Iron Man Director Jon Favreau has blown a pretty penny trying to make the whole thing work, getting the sexiest woman alive from Maxim a few years back, as well as a James Bond and a Han Solo to convince you to come to the theater and watch 6-shooters take on the little green men.

Huh... Sexy woman, Bond, and Solo? Perhaps we'll get the names of these three shortly...

The plot: Daniel Craig is a cowboy who wakes up with amnesia and a strange metal wrist band. He runs afoul of a punk kid with a rich daddy (Ford) in a town where blinking lights in the sky show up and lasso people away at night. So Craig and Ford and a ragtag assortment of town folk go looking for their kin, learning about the aliens, and growing beyond their cheesy racism with the local indians, and shooting pistols at alien space ships.

Well, that's two. What about her name?
She's the lead actress, the love interest, and, in your words, the "sexiest woman alive"? Come on, Taco... Surely she has a name, or were you too busy spanking it to her tits to bother looking it up? She even shares top billing on the goddamn poster.

Frankly, Olivia Wilde deserves better than this shiat review.

Re:And her name is...? (1)

Faw (33935) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949808)

She's the lead actress, the love interest, and, in your words, the "sexiest woman alive"? Come on, Taco... Surely she has a name, or were you too busy spanking it to her tits to bother looking it up? She even shares top billing on the goddamn poster.

Frankly, Olivia Wilde deserves better than this shiat review.

Eh, what tits? She has a pretty face but she has the body of a 13 year old boy.

Unsurpsingly derivative... (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949622)

Every time I read a good sci-fi novel I think to myself, "why is Hollywood incapable, at least nowadays, of making a movie even half this good?"

These movies offer nothing but hackneyed concepts, idiotic premises and gaping plot holes. And a significant part of the problem is that these movies all need to be turned into blockbusters. That means that any sci-fi movie is turned into an action movie with epic undertones. Hollywood lacks both creativity and subtlety and Cowboys & Aliens is a perfect example of this.

They could have taken the concept and turned it into something truly wacky, embracing the whole absurdity of the idea. Or they could have gone in the other direction and done something intimate and character driven; I'm reminded of a few episodes of Star Trek which fall under a similar premise. Instead they went for the mundane. They took the standard for a sci-fi action movie and injected the cowboy theme into it. But then, it shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone that Hollywood is not much more than a movie factory.

Alien vs. Aliens? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949750)

Much better: E.T. vs. Aliens

Imagine the poor E.T. being rescued by his space friends, only to watch them ripped in an awesome kitchen scene...

Ouch (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949792)

But this was better than Transformers 3 and Green Lantern.

That's just harsh.

No review needed (1)

vawwyakr (1992390) | more than 3 years ago | (#36949802)

The title pretty much screamed "Don't see me I'm shit". I love sci-fi and don't mind the western but how could someone thing this would be good movie? I suppose if explosions and gunfire are all that is needed to make a good film for you then it might work but otherwise it just doesn't make any sense to see this before it's on streaming from netflix.

Modern day Arizona documentary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36949826)

When I saw the title I thought it was about that sheriff in Arizona, Joe Arpaio

They should have cast Chuck Norris (1)

aarongadberry (1232868) | more than 3 years ago | (#36950078)

Walker Texas Ranger vs. Aliens

Saw this yesterday (1)

Nitewing98 (308560) | more than 3 years ago | (#36950258)

I liked the film, honestly. I took my dad, who likes westerns, and he enjoyed it also. Granted, the mcguffin (aliens want our gold!) was stupid, but otherwise the film's action held up. I liked that Harrison Ford's character was given some depth instead of him being the town asshole through the whole movie. Daniel Craig's character was also more complex than needed for an action film, which was nice.

Someone had told me this was based on a graphic novel. Is that not the case? Judging from the complaints about the "8 writers" I guess not. I had attributed the poor mcguffin to the source material.

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