Cowboys & Aliens – The review

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.

Mr. Ford

Today is Harrison Ford’s birthday.  He is one of my favorite American actors.  That’s not necessarily because he is more talented than others, but more because he’s consistently good.  He’s been in a lot of good movies (I’ve try to forget he was in What Lies Beneath), ranging from Regarding Henry to Patriot Games.

I’ve always enjoyed the fact that Ford seems like a regular guy, even though he’s famous.  And he’s interesting!  He’s a master carpenter and a pilot, besides being an actor.

So, Mr. Ford, here’s hoping that there are many more years ahead of you!

The Widowmaker

I finally watched K-19: The Widowmaker.  It was a lot better than I thought it would be.  I did not realize, until I watched the credits, that it was directed by Kathryn Bigelow of The Hurt Locker fame.  I must say, she’s got talent.

The Widowmaker is about a Russian nuclear submarine during the cold war.  The two main officers, played by Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, struggle between their feelings of duty to their crew and their motherland.

Apparently the story was inspired by true events, but it was a story that could not be told for years, since the crew were sworn to secrecy.

The movie made me realize, once again, that I would never want to be on a submarine, let alone one carrying nuclear weapons.  No thanks, comrade!

I heard criticisms of Ford’s Russian accent, but it was actually quite good.  It was subtle, but there, unlike Neeson’s.  And after all, Ford is half Russian.

I would recommend K-19: The Widowmaker–it’s an interesting look at the cold war era, without going into the politics on the other side.  I admire that about Bigelow–she’s able to focus on how something would affect the men on the ground (or under the water) without making the story about whether or not they’re “on the right side.”

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