I was anticipating seeing Cowboys & Aliens since I saw a preview for it. I figured it could go one of two ways: it could be fabulous or it could be terrible. I think it was the former.
The western has truly evolved, in a sense, when someone comes up with the idea to incorporate aliens. I think it was a brilliant, albeit bizarre, idea, and quite a risk and possibly one the director, Jon Favreau was able to take because he gained fame with his popular Ironman movies. What is interesting about Cowboys & Aliens in contrast with Ironman is that the villains are the ones with the best technology.
It’s not hard to imagine Harrison Ford as a cowboy, but Daniel Craig might be a bit more of a stretch. But he pulls it off. Ford plays Dolarhyde, a rancher used to his own way. He plays the gruff character so well, I found myself disliking him at moments. But that’s the sign of good acting. Craig is Lonergan, a man who wakes up not even able to remember his own name, and gets drawn into the troubles of the town he comes into. Also of note are Sam Rockwell as Doc and Adam Beach as Nat. Both played their roles convincingly and with charm.
The plot is somewhat typical for a western, even if the who the villains are is innovative. It’s still an enjoyable movie, especially for anyone who likes westerns. After all, it even has the right ending for a western.