Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Cowboys & Aliens (2011) – It has cowboys… fighting aliens… and James Bond and Han Solo are in it. What more do you need to know? Well, it’s not quite as awesome as all that. It is still an entertaining movie but it’s not the early-George-Lucas-style classic we all hoped it can be. Nor does it have quite the same humor as John Favreau’s earlier hit Iron Man, (though the ways Daniel Craig keeps hurting Paul Dano are amusing). Harrison Ford’s character doesn’t have as much depth as the script tries to give him but it is wondrous to see him NOT sleepwalking through a role. There are subplots that go nowhere or are just uninteresting. Nothing about Olivia Wilde’s character makes any damn bit of sense. She’s just there to look hot (mission accomplished). There are a lot of problems with Cowboys & Aliens and if you go in expecting it to be a classic that will be remembered through the ages, you’ll be sorely disappointed, but you know what it does have? James Bond and Han Solo as cowboys who fight aliens. Sometimes that’s just enough.

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