Thursday, August 11, 2011
Cowboys and Aliens
And then I really spat the dummy because the aliens could have been lifted straight from the awful Super 8!! I mean I thought they looked exactly the same as the Super 8 alien, being just a bit more pissed off! Even one scene replicated a Super 8 one. Think of the boy in the upturned paddle steamer when the alien finds him and closes up to his face. Did it, or did it not, remind you of the scene in Super 8 where towards the end the alien sticks his face in the boys??! It did me! So no marks from me for even making an original alien, as it is no more an aggressive alien from another alien movie.
The CGI was actually quite good and thankfully kept to a minimum. I mean how can you honestly CGI cowboys after Hollywood has immortalised them in the past without CGI?! And yet the action scenes didn't work. I found the editing too jerky as a scene moved from one shot to another that didn't gel to the last. Like I say, the art of western making has gone, and this movie shows it up.
So I left the theatre earlier today wondering in all honesty, 'why bother?' I enjoyed parts of the movie, but the middle when the Indians came into it was a turning point, and it lost me. The script and dialogue was mediocre to say the least, and the cast couldn't be expected to get anything more out of it than they did. The mediocrity just led to the woodeness of the cast, and the lack of chemistry between them all. Harrison Ford's character seemed to be a chameleon and changed its colours too often, which left me wondering what his character was actually meant to be. It was just a movie that by the end felt as if it just went through the paces in an effort to make a few quick easy bucks.
Some good points, and a real no brainer if you want that, but overall a premise that was butchered by a poor script that gave the fine cast nothing to work with. Ultimately.....unfulfilling with a stench of total pointlessness. 6/10 from me.
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