Posted on 8/10/11 03:58 AM
James Bond and Indiana Jones working together in a film? AWESOME! That was my first impression when I first came about this film which is based on a Platinum Studios graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys and Aliens. Suprisingly, when I looked more into the film's details, I figured it didn't just starred two of my favourite actors, but was also directed by the acclaimed director of the Iron Man film series, Jon Favreau. I was like, "Oh my god. This movie is going to be so awesome!"
Truth is, the film is good but not great or awesome to begin with. I was kinda disappointed in this one. Cowboys and Aliens is one of the film in 2011 that I was anticipating for, much like Green Lantern, I was disappointed, but not too much disappointment.
Well, like I said earlier, the film is good and it really is good to me. Still filled with awesome stunning effects and intense action sequences as promised by director, Jon Favreau. I would be honest, if the film didn't starred Craig and Ford, It's gonna suck. Quite bad.
Amazing cast in the film with Danel Craig and Harrison Ford in the lead role and also Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford were all stylish and full of class in their performances, with Craig as a tough and unnamed loner and Ford as a rich and influential cattleman. Performances by them were entertaining and sometimes blends in with humour that provides a few laughs. Olivia Wilde's potrayal of a mysterious traveler was also pretty good. All the performance by the cast were great and it is already good fun watching them in action.
Director Jon Favreau on the other hand, also did an incredible work of directing this piece of science fiction western film. I'm sure everyone has seen the work of Favreau in Iron Man and all loved it. Well, he still got it in Cowboys and Aliens. All the direction and shots were captured very beautifully, action scenes were made very intense and breathtaking. Good work once again and I was glad to know that he was directing this picture.
After watching Cowboys and Aliens, it left me an impression that it is not just some science fiction film with all the loud and visually stunning special effects and the actor just blending in to the shot. It is something different. I love the way Favreau gave all the characters a brief story background, great character development and most importantly, a part to play. Cowboys and Aliens is certainly not just a modern noisy awesome special effects film. The film is loud for sure but I have to say, it is pretty grisly and violent for a PG-13 film, the beginning of the film is already violent with Daniel Craig punching a guy to his death, blood could be seen on his face. The Aliens were seen killed in the fight scenes, blood and gruesome sound effects of bones breaking and stabbing were heard. But nonetheless, it was one hell of an action packed thrill ride. The film has certain scenes that were rather shocking and scary, with the Alien suddenly popping out of nowhere on the big screen, I have to pluck my fingers into my ears a few times cause it was so loud and sudden.
Cowboys and Aliens, the film, unlike the graphic novel, started in a nonlinear story telling format, so it may get a little confusing from the start but it eventually come all together as one. There was a rather big difference from the graphic novel to the film. But still, it was good.
Cowboys and Aliens is a good film with amazing performances and special effects that will keep audiences eyes glued to the screen. Like I said, I was disappointed somehow with certain things in the film that some just don't make any sense. But most importantly, it starred two of my favourite actors and I loved to see them working together. It is an 80% FRESH for me. A generally good science fiction action film with great shooting locations that is worth a watch in the cinemas. But if you are thinking whether to watch Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes or Cowboys and Aliens this month, I will suggest you watch the first one before watching this. :)