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Film Review: Cowboys & Aliens

Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Today, I decided to go to the mall for something to do and get out of the house for a while. There were two great movies out that I wanted to see. I had a choice between “Cowboys & Aliens” or “Captain America: The First Avenger”. I ended up seeing “Cowboys & Aliens” first. As for shopping, I didn’t buy much. All I picked up was Jaycee Dugard’s book “The Stolen Life”, but I’m not going to read it yet because there are other books I need to catch up on.

On with my review…

Plot/synopsis: The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been…

It’s another winner for Jon Favreau. It felt like Indiana Jones and James Bond 007 teaming up together except it’s taken place in the Wild West. Yes, the plot to the movie sounds goofy and whacky but most people don’t know that this movie was adapted from the graphic novel created by, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. The story mixes western and sci-fi together.

For the Western part of the story, it has everything there is in the cowboy genre. The beginning of the film starts off as a serious Western film, then toward the middle it gets to the sci fi parts, when the aliens come invading their town. Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig’s character) is a mean and tough character that you don’t want to mess with, but there’s a serious and emotional part about him too. He wakes up in the middle of Wild West and finds this strange looking bracelet on his wrist that looks like some type of machine. He’s trying to remember how he got there and where the strange bracelet came from.

Then we get the hilarious Harrison Ford who plays Col. Dolarhyde who is also pretty mean and tough. With his character you get a little bit of Han Solo and Indiana Jones both at the same time. When the characters are speaking their dialogues in the film, Col. Dolarhyde would come back with some smart ass jokes that are pretty funny. Plus, Harrison Ford is such a perfect actor to play Dolarhyde because Harrison looks exactly like him in the graphic novel. Harrison did a great job nailing the character down.

There are so many alien invasion movies over the years but most of them are the same thing. Just aliens invading the city and then they have the US Army fight them off. Not with this movie. This time it’s cowboys vs. aliens. Which is what I like. Something different for once.

The action scenes were very fun and entertaining. It was a pretty action packed movie all the way through. I thought the script was pretty well written for a popcorn action movie. This is definitely one of the better popcorn action flicks I’ve seen in a while. Check it out!

Score for “Cowboys & Aliens” = *** (3 stars as in “excellent”)

Kev

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BREAKING NEWS: Jon Favreau is done with Iron Man!!!

Actor/director, Jon Favreau, announced the shocking news that he is done with Iron Man movies. The reason? Well, Jon has too much on his plate. He just finished “Cowboys & Aliens”, and he’ll have to get busy promoting the film. After he finishes promotion and marketing of “Cowboys & Aliens”, he’ll get right to work on Disney’s “Magic Kingdom” movie. I’m sure he wants to do another Iron Man movie, but he can’t. I can’t blame Jon for going with Disney instead ’cause it is a bigger opportunity.

Deadline, reports.

Honestly, I’m not sad that Jon is leaving the Iron Man series. The first one was good, but the second one was disappointing. I love the Iron Man character. It’s one of my favorite Marvel heroes. I hope they find a better director to make a good Iron Man movie. I’m sure Zack Snyder, would make a great Iron Man movie, but he’ll be busy doing Superman instead. Lets hope they don’t get shitty directors like Michael Bay, Joel Schumacher, or Bret Ratner. Anybody but them.

Kev

 

 

Cool Video: “Cowboys & Aliens” trailer finally hits the internets, and looks pretty friggin good too!!!

The new Jon Favreau directed movie, “Cowboys & Aliens” has finally hit the web! It stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. The film looks surprisingly really good too. I’m impressed with the trailer so I’m sold! Harrison looks great, glad to see him doing action/adventure again too. He belongs in that genre. Olivia Wilde is a hot looking babe. I’m definitely seeing this when it comes out, hell yeah!

See the trailer, here.

Kev

BREAKING NEWS: Jon Favreau will direct, “Magic Kingdom” film for Disney…

Well, this news actually kind of surprised me. I didn’t think a director like Jon Favreau will direct a movie such a this, so he must be a huge fan of Disney. Keep in mind, that Disney owns part of Marvel, so that’s probably how they got in contact with him. How are they going to come up with a plot for this? It’ll be interesting to see what the plot will be. Also, how much do you want a bet that Robert Downey Jr. will get a role in this film? Whether it’s leading role or small role?

See the story here at, .

Kev

BREAKING NEWS: Harrison Ford shows at San Diego Comic Con early today!!!!

Wow! Is this year’s San Diego Comic Con CRAZY or what??? First Angelina Jolie appears on Friday. Saturday, we get the guys from the Expendables and that includes Bruce Willis.

And who’s the next big legend to make his debut at SDCC? Yes, Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford, who is now a happily married man! Harrison is at SDCC to promote “Cowboys & Aliens” with Jon Favreau and Daniel Craig.

I wonder when Christopher Nolan will show up at SDCC??? He hasn’t shown up yet. If he did, it would have been all over the news. Maybe Chris Nolan will show up at SDCC on the last day to give Batman & Superman news? We all hope Chris would show up, maybe he will tomorrow. I’m positive he will, he would dissapoint fans if he decided not to show at all.

Kev

Iron Man 2 was a really horrible film…wtf???

The cast was great. I like Robert Downey, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johannsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Garry Shandling, Sam Rockwell, etc. but even they couldn’t save this movie. It seemed that Jon Favreau hogged up most of the screen time than anybody else in this film which is what annoyed me the most. I absolutely loved the first “Iron Man” film, it was a brilliant film but I think Favreau just ruined the series. The acting was bad, writing was bad, terrible filming, etc. I can go on. Mickey Rourke’s villain charactter, Whiplash was very cool, but he wasn’t used much in the film. There was too much story, not enough action. When you see an Iron Man movie, you want to see a lot of action, I felt this movie failed to have that. This is the worst movie I’ve seen of 2010 so far. It’s nothing I would watch again.

Kev

Report: Harrison Ford’s character revealed for “Cowboys & Aliens”…

Look like Harrison Ford will be playing quite a lengthy role for “Cowboys & Aliens” after all, not cameo or a small role. Ford will be playing Colonel Dolarhyde, which is one of the main charcters of the comic. If you knew the comics for “Cowboys & Aliens”, Colonel Dolarhyde is an aging guy. I looked up the comics. In the comics, the Colonel Dolarhyde character looks exactly like Harrison Ford. Yes, the character is almost Indiana Jones like. No wonder a lot of people wanted Ford for the movie. Ask, and you shall receive.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/17186/-cowboys-and-aliens-gets-a-synopsis

Kev