Monday, 19 September 2011

COWBOYS AND ALIENS

I know, I know, I'm useless. I actually saw "Cowboys and Aliens" about three weeks ago, and am finally writing my review of it, even though I don't think it's still on at the cinema and therefore when I give it a glowing review and make you all want to see it, you won't be able to.

So, anyway, "Cowboys and Aliens" is one of those films, like "Snakes on a Plane" that is basically what it says on the tin. A group of cowboys/regular people in the Wild West are being plagued by aliens (can't say much more without giving everything away) and it seems that only Daniel Craig (who had another name in the film that may have been Jake Somebody-or-other-but-pronounced-stupidly) can help.

He woke up in the desert with no memory of, well, anything and a weird sci-fi-ish cuff on his wrist. He goes into town and argues with Harrison Ford's son, then Harrison Ford, and makes eyes at Olivia Wilde...so far, so predictable.

But then, the movie gets going. And it's brilliant. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much. FYI, anyone else who's only interested because they heard Daniel Craig gets his shirt off, you're better off spending a few quid on a copy of "Casino Royale" and playing the scene with the blue speedos over and over again...

Sorry, got a little distracted there. My point being that I wasn't expecting much of the film, but was really impressed by it. It's engrossing, and there's a reason why the aliens are attacking these people - A REASON THAT ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE. And no, they're not after Unobtainium. The end fight scene is a little long for my liking, how many times can you see an alien get shot with a pistol? Other than that, though, it was engrossing. For me, anyway.

I have never seen so many people get up during a film to go out and use the toilet. Seriously, there was no point during the film when every single person with a ticket was in there watching it. And I can't understand why that was. I think the problem might be, like with "Super 8" a few weeks ago, that it was targeted at the wrong audience. Sure, there's action and it's a sci-fi film, but at the same time it's quite talk-y and subtle and a Western. I think a few people went in with expectations of a real action adventure movie, and were a bit disappointed by what they found. I, however, went in expecting absolute nonsense, and really enjoyed the film. I would highly recommend it.

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