Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cool vs Stool - Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens - Welcome to Earth, pilgrim. Now it's time to die.

What happens when the kick assery of James Bond (the good one, Casino Royale) is focused by proven comic book-action direction and driven by masterful sci-fi story telling? Oh, I know! (pick me, pick me) You get Cowboys & Aliens.

The obvious players in this film are Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), and both deliver performances worthy of the best westerns (Unforgiven, High Noon, True Grit). Add Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2) for some comic relief and a super sexy (bra-less) Olivia Wilde (Tron) into the mix, and you have a fantastic western.

But a great western isn't enough for director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2). Drawing from a writing team with credits including ABC's Lost, Star Trek, and Children of Men, Favreau takes audiences through an old west that has been infested with gold mining aliens, who if not stopped, will wipe out all of humanity.

I know the premise sounds... well... like a Saturday night SyFy movie. But the writing, acting, and special effects are done so well, I kept thinking, "Sure, of course aliens and cowboys could fight. This makes obvious sense."

In a year that had multiple blockbusters featuring aliens (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Super 8, I Am Number Four) Cowboys & Aliens is the only film that gave me what I yearn for in an alien movie: disgusting and terrifying aliens getting their asses kicked by humans.

This flick delivers solid big-budget-production fun, even in the waning of the summer blockbuster season. See this film if you liked Aliens, Iron Man, Star Trek.

Cool vs Stool = Cool

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