Thereâ€™s something about European actors doing American accents, good or bad, that always pulls me in.Â 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."Â
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.Â 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.Â In the best scene of the movie, Craig knocks the spoiled rancherâ€™s son down a peg.Â The rancherâ€™s son, played by Dano, is a perfect role for Dano and he plays it to a tee.Â His father, played by co-star Harrison Ford, is a wealthy rancher, and at first his character reminded me of Mr. Potter from "Itâ€™s a Wonderful Life."
Craigâ€™s chemistry with Ford was surprising, as their pairing was one of the biggest questions I had going into the movie.Â The characterâ€™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.Â Set in the post-Civil War 1800s, a group of aliens is on earth looking for, of all things, gold.Â In the meantime, they figure theyâ€™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 Fordâ€™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...