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Cowboys and Chemistry,
This review is from: Cowboys & Aliens [DVD] (DVD)
I hate sounding like a broken record this summer, but thats what i have become of late. A string of blockbusters that are hard to genuinely engage with culminates in Cowboys and Aliens. But despite it's flaws and on a positive note, it is better than some of its competitors of late.
The premise is quite simple and yet not to my memory have these genres ever met in a grand blockbuster film. Does Wild Wild West count? Ford and Craig as cowboys fighting aliens in the vast deserts and mountain ranges with a motley crew behind them including the stereotyped Indians. Whats not to like.
It is a movie that makes you go 'Grrrrrrr' because with a decent script in place and another 1 or 2 set pieces involving the aliens it would have been bound for greatness but the biggest most significant factor that stops Cowboys and Aliens from being a true great is simply the chemistry, or the apparent lack of chemistry between Ford and Craig. 'Bond' and 'Indy' really should have been given some meaty, tense dialogue but it fails to materialise and as a result cuts the tension levels like a knife through butter. The other players in this sci-fi mash up are all par for the course and dont do anything to raise our interests.
However this is not a disaster, Favreau seems to get a good handle on an action scene like he did in the Ironman series and the aliens themselves are a fairly original, grotesque creation. Thier reasons for being there however are not.
The film never really gets boring but it doesnt soar either and without the tension needed to invest in the movie it only just scrapes the inevitable 3 stars.
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2011 21:45:10 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2011 03:38:57 BDT
Mr. A. J. Richards says:
there are ways and means ;-)
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2011 08:05:44 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2011 13:33:37 BDT
Mr. A. J. Richards says:
nope, didnt download it illegally! and i watched a decent enough copy. in its entirity. dishonest?? who are you to judge me when you have no factual information and do not even know me... obviously got up on the wrong side of bed this morning ;-)
Posted on 22 Dec 2011 02:55:43 GMT
Saw this on a plane from Heathrow to Abu Dhabi - agree wholeheartedly - passes the flight acceptably but I'd have been a tad upset if I'd paid good money to see it
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