Sound Off: Jon Favreau's 'Cowboys & Aliens' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
July 29, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Hitting theaters everywhere this weekend is Cowboys & Aliens, a comic book adaptation from director Jon Favreau that is putting an end cap on the summer opening this final week of July. Starring the likes of Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Clancy Brown, the film is more of a western that brings aliens into the mix, not the other way around. So is it any good? Is it boring or actually entertaining to watch? How is Jon Favreau's directing this time? If you've seen it, leave us a comment below and tell us what you thought of Cowboys & Aliens!
To fuel the campfire this time, I saw Cowboys & Aliens at its world premiere at Comic-Con, and I will say I enjoyed watching it, but it's not a perfect film. If anything, Jon Favreau deserves the most credit for his directing, as he does a fine job of visualizing the world and directing great characters within it, but the story is where the most troubles lie. Not only did I think Olivia Wilde's character was entirely unnecessary and simply a plot device to help move the story forward, but I still never really understood Daniel Craig's story. Was he a bad guy turned good? Plus, by the time it ends, he walks away in the same place as he started, no arc at all. It's a good movie, but lacks quite a bit to make it great; entertaining at times, but not much more.
What did you think of Cowboys & Aliens? One of the summer's highlights, or dull and boring? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!