DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau
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May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? NO
With a great title such as Cowboys & Aliens, is a fair to expect a great film which can live up to it? Possibly, but this doesn’t as far as I’m concerned. Jon Favreau, who’s most successful work would have to be Iron Man, manages to craft a decent homage to the Western, at least for the first 30 minutes, with an array of characters, situations and scenes which are all too familiar to the Western genre.
But then, the titular Aliens turn up and it all goes a bit Transformers! Loud and hectic action takes over at the expense of the half decent Western homages, with plays out with hammy turns from the now tired Harrison Ford, and the dark stranger from “the best left to Bond”, Daniel Craig. Overall, I was left disappointed, but only to an extent. I wasn’t expecting much more than this but the opening half an hour did tease at something better, and if they only played this a lot lighter, not so much as a comedy but as a light-hearted adventure, it would have worked a lot better.
Instead we get a film filled with two-dimensional Western caricatures, very earnestly saving the 19th century from CGI aliens, whilst combining forces with Bandits and Red Indians. Personally, I don’t think that a film with this title should have ever attempted to take itself THIS seriously and it was a real misjudgement from the team involved, especially as the screenplay was co-written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, both of which bred life and comedy into the first Transformers film, with great success.