Cowboys and Aliens

Sunday, December 11 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Cowboys and Aliens

JOY REVIEW

Jon Favreau, what has happened to you, what has happened to your sense of irony and freshness? I know that you thought, ‘gee, this is such a great concept, Cowboys and Aliens.’ It can be described in three words. Let me give you two words: it sucks. First of all, Daniel Craig is wonderful; it is really Daniel Craig’s movie. Harrison Ford just wrinkles his eyebrows and widens his eyes; I guess we take that as Harrison Ford acting. Indiana Jones, what has happened to you? We’ve also got the great Clancy Jones in it, who tries to do something, though it is not clear what, and Keith Carradine, who also tries to do something. There are the requisite love interests: a young boy and his dog… Indians and Mexicans.  Any cliches missed, don’t think so.  This is such a mixed up mess of a story. The movie opens with James Bond, oh no that’s not really James Bond, that’s Daniel Craig in the desert bloodied with something around his wrist and we have to figure out for the rest of the movie what it is.  Given the fact that the title of the movie is Cowboys and Aliens, we know what it is! The idea is that somehow these desperate forces of the bad guys, and the good guys, and the crazy guys, Paul Dano plays his usual crazy teenage self, have to unite against evil, and it makes no sense!  It is too long, just under two hours. There was no reason to make this movie. I know Cowboys and Aliens, gee, what a cute title. If it had just been a straight cowboy movie it would have worked, if it had been monsters from outer space, it might have worked. I don’t know what this movie is about, and if you could figure out, good for you. Two stars.

JOY METER