There’s something about European actors doing American accents, good or bad, that always pulls me in. Hugh Laurie on "House M.D." was first, Dominic West surprised me with his terrible-at-first Baltimore accent in "The Wire" and now Daniel Craig pulls it off without doing too much of a John Wayne impression in "Cowboys & Aliens."
I rode a roller coaster of thoughts leading up to "Cowboys & Aliens." At first I was excited by the concept and the knowledge that Jon Favreau was directing it.
The trailer made me less excited since it looked hokey and a little silly. Seeing some of the supporting cast I started to feel better thanks to the involvement of Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Olivia Wilde, and Keith Carradine.
"Cowboys & Aliens" opens as a straight western with Craig as the stereotypical bandit with amnesia. In the best scene of the movie, Craig knocks the spoiled rancher’s son down a peg. The rancher’s son, played by Dano, is a perfect role for Dano and he plays it to a tee. His father, played by co-star Harrison Ford, is a wealthy rancher, and at first his character reminded me of Mr. Potter from "It’s a Wonderful Life."
Craig’s chemistry with Ford was surprising, as their pairing was one of the biggest questions I had going into the movie. The character’s already strained relationship and lack of trust in do-or-die situations pulled the movie together in some of its otherwise less intense confrontations.
The plot is obviously pretty thin, the title really says it all. Set in the post-Civil War 1800s, a group of aliens is on earth looking for, of all things, gold. In the meantime, they figure they’ll study up on humans to exploit their weaknesses.
When the sleepy ranching town of Absolution is targeted and a number of citizens are relieved of their loved ones, the unlikely heroes rally together behind Ford’s Woodrow Dolarhyde. Dolarhyde apparently has a lengthy past as a Colonel in the Civil War, but kills anyone who calls him "C…Read more...