Director, Jon Favreau took on the toughest job of the summer: Mashing Up two distinct movie genres into one film. The Old West collides with Alien Invaders. This was one ride I was ready to take. For the most part, I was satisfied with the experience.
One thing that bugged me: I believe, when the film’s first attached star, Robert Downey Jr. backed out, the casting of Daniel Craig wouldn’t be on my short list of replacement actors. Daniel Craig simply does not look like a cowboy, (again, my own opinion). He’s got the cropped haircut & instead of having a little extra padding from eating pork & beans over a open campfire, the guy looks like he spendt endless hours working out on his newfangled P90X machine.
What I liked was the underdog theme. The humans were clearly on the way out. The aliens dominated & toyed with the earthlings. The unique situation forced the cowboys to create an unlikely alliance with the Native Americans. In 1875, the hostilities between the two were unprecedented. Cynics will tear this movie apart.
Speaking for myself & the sold out midnight crowd, it was simply a fun movie watch. Go & geek out. But remember, if you’re gonna go there, try to really go there. This is what movies are all about, taking us to a place we’ve never been.
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