Cowboys and Aliens – For all you Red Dead Heads

Colonel Dolarhyde: “What is that thing?”
Jake: “Why are you asking me?”
Colonel Dolarhyde: “Because you shot it!”

Last night, I saw Cowboys and Aliens for the first time.  I have to say that I was a bit trepidatious but the only thing that made me watch it was my recent obsession with the Xbox game Red Dead Redemption.  I’m here to tell you that if you love that game, then you’ll love this movie.  There have been a rash of westerns out over the last few years, and coming on the heels of the True Grit remake, this movie already had a great deal to prove.  But if you go into the movie realizing that it is based on a graphic novel, and that it is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, you’ll be just fine.

The basic premise is that a western town has been overtaken by Aliens who have been stealing gold and abducting the locals for experimentation.  Pretty formulaic.  However, what really makes this movie are the actors associated with the film.  The film stars Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Keith Carradine and Clancy Brown.   (Who wouldn’t love a movie with Mr. Krabs!)  Despite is campy, 50s plotline, the cinematography, the special effects and the acting are top-notch.   There are some slow spots throughout the film, but when the plot finally gets going, it has a great deal of excitement and scares. (The Aliens are very creepy). 

So, if you’re looking for a fun movie, Cowboys and Aliens will be out on DVD on December 6th.  Definitely worth a watch.

Rating: PG-13
Review: 3 Stars

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