Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Movie Mania

Yes!  We made it to see Cowboys & Aliens last night!

First of all, if you want some intellectual discourse movie, well, this ain't it.  C&A is good ole' fashion B-movie pulp fun.  Director Jon Favreau treated the material with the seriousness he's treated all comic book material he's headed (Ironman, anyone?).  But that doesn't mean he and the cast didn't have a good time on the set, but they definitely don't play this campy.

I'll try not to put in spoilers, but if you haven't seen it, then STOP READING NOW!

Okay, you've been warned.

The line from the trailers about good men doing bad things and bad men doing good things was delivered by vetern Clancy Brown (Highlander, Earth-2).  He played totally against his usual type as the town preacher.  I can't say more other than his character was the proverbial hero's mentor.

More depth was given to Harrison Ford's Civil War-vet cattle baron than to Daniel Craig's man-with-no-name stranger.  But the reasoning for The-Man-With-No-Name act totally makes sense in the context of the movie.

The only bad thing I can say was the predictability in some spots.  This could have been the type of adventure story Mark Twain wrote if he had taken more of a sci-fi  bent in the 1880's (or at least more than just A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court), except I'd like to think he would have had a few more surprises.

Overall, I'd give Cowboys & Aliens a solid B+.

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