Today I’m doing a movie review of Cowboys & Aliens from 2011, which I saw recently. And I have it in text and video! Cool, huh? 🙂
This movie is a definite twist on the old “Nameless Drifter Who Comes to Town” Western. In this case, the nameless man has amnesia and an odd metal thingy on his wrist. This loner dude (played by Daniel Craig) also has an extraordinary ability to fight, and eventually he’s recognized. Apparently, he’s an outlaw, but he doesn’t remember any of that.
Anyway, the sheriff’s ready to take Jake (because that’s his name—Jake) and this drunken son of a local cattle baron (played by Harrison Ford) away to be tried in Santa Fe. But then the cattle baron, Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (now there’s a name—Dolarhyde) comes to town and demands his son Percy (Percy? really?) be released and Jake too, because Jake stole from Dolarhyde. But before anything is resolved, the town is attacked by … wait for it … aliens! And thus the title.
This movie has a whole lot going for it. Apart from the gorgeous scenery and the amazing abundance of onscreen talent, the plot is unique even as it observes so many of the usual Western movie tropes. As the story unfolds, revelation after revelation keeps the twists and turns coming. It’s an action-packed story, too. And the marriage of science fiction with old frontier Western really works.
Finally. it is super-awesome to see a movie where the Native Americans and frontiers people come together to fight a common enemy. I can’t say much more without spoiling it, but—minor spoiler! —how the hell did Jake get off that table he’d been strapped to at the end before the Big Fight Scene?
Well, anyway, who cares? He does, and it’s kind of like Jason Bourne as a lone rider mashed up with Aliens in the West. Kinda.
And I’m giving it five stars, because I really loved it.
PS: This beats the hell out of trying to dictate using Dragon Dictate. Ha!