Film review: Cowboys and Aliens

posted at 11:00 am on July 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

WARNING: Some mild spoilers are included.

Last week, I mentioned that writing a review of the final Harry Potter film was an exercise in futility.  People who went to see the other episodes in the theater wouldn’t miss the finale, and people who hadn’t gone to previous installments wouldn’t start with the ending.  The same can be said for a movie with a title like Cowboys and Aliens — with the concept fully disclosed in the title, the people who go to see it will almost certainly love it, while others will avoid it. If they do, though, they will miss a fun ride.

Few film genres have such an overhead in clichés as Westerns and science fiction.  One might expect a high-concept idea like Cowboys and Aliens to break some of those hidebound storylines, but the film doesn’t have quite that much imagination.  The film starts off with a cattle baron who likes to throw his weight around (Harrison Ford) trying to intimidate the local sheriff (Keith Carradine) into releasing his immature, spoiled son who shot a deputy and very unwisely picked a fight with a seriously dangerous fugitive (Daniel Craig) with amnesia.  When the aliens show up, the cattle baron — a Civil War veteran — has to team up with the fugitive and the townspeople to find his son and  their missing kin and do battle with the aliens.  Along the way, they meet up with the fugitive’s gang and a band of Chiricahua, who might kill them before the aliens do.

Will the townspeople and the Native Americans learn to work together to save the planet? Will the cattle baron stop being a bully and become a leader once again?  Will he resolve his father-son issues?  (Did I mention that Steven Spielberg exec-produced it?) Will the man who doesn’t know how to shoot figure it out just when he’s needed most?  Will the boy become a man by using the knife given to him?   Will the dog survive?  If you don’t know the answers to these questions, welcome to American films, and please turn off your cellphone before the movie starts.  And these are just the Western-genre clichés.  You’ll never guess why the aliens are abducting people left and right throughout the film.  Oh, wait … yeah, you will.

But even with the predictability of the film, it’s still a lot of fun.  The cast is excellent, especially Harrison Ford, who gets to do the most acting in the film.  Daniel Craig is menacing but sympathetic as the amnesiac robber anti-hero hero, and like Ford, can lighten up a moment from time to time as well.  Clancy Brown, Paul Dano, and Sam Rockwell all turn in good performances, although the film wastes Keith Carradine, who is smooth as the sheriff.  The young Noah Ringer is especially good as the sheriff’s grandson who has to grow up in a hurry.  The pacing is excellent, and while the plot remains predictable, the action sequences will have you on the edge of your seat.

In short, this is a great popcorn flick, with plenty of fun and excitement, if not too many surprises.  By the end, you may be saying, “Come back, Shane!”, but you’ll still be glad you showed up in the first place.


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*sniff sniff*….no…Captain America?

ted c on July 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Captain America?

ted c on July 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Hopefully that could be the capper to a long stretch of terrible super hero movies.

CW on July 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Harrison Ford? Spielberg?

I’ll wait till it comes on TV.

esnap on July 31, 2011 at 11:10 AM

I like both genres, but not in one film. Westerns should be flying saucer-free and there’s no place for saddles or six-shooters in scifi.

RedWinged Blackbird on July 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

I like both genres, but not in one film. Westerns should be flying saucer-free and there’s no place for saddles or six-shooters in scifi.

RedWinged Blackbird on July 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Old curmudgeon

CW on July 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM

This is the first I have even HEARD of this movie…..I’m so ashamed. I may break my pledge to never go to another movie theater.

Mord on July 31, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I like both genres, but not in one film. Westerns should be flying saucer-free and there’s no place for saddles or six-shooters in scifi.

RedWinged Blackbird on July 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Firefly did it pretty well. So did Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Ed Morrissey on July 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I’m going to see Capt. America tonight.
I’ve got to work late tonight on some critical systems and I would prefer to not fall asleep from boredom trying to find something on TV.

evilned on July 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM

We’ve seen this movie. In fact, we’re living it each and every day. Out here in Realville, we’re the Cowboys and we’re having to fight for our lives against the Aliens from Planet Obama. Who will win remains to be seen.

TXUS on July 31, 2011 at 11:17 AM

RedWinged Blackbird on July 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Oh geeze, you know you just picked a fight with the Firefly/Serenity folks.

cozmo on July 31, 2011 at 11:18 AM

RedWinged Blackbird on July 31, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Dude, have you never heard of Jonah Hex?

Does the dog survive, Ed? Oh of course it does, whaddami thinking….

Fortunata on July 31, 2011 at 11:19 AM

TXUS on July 31, 2011 at 11:17 AM

+1000

ladyingray on July 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Firefly did it pretty well. So did Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Ed Morrissey on July 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Wild Wild West

William Amos on July 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Word is ol’ Louis Farrakhan has bought up all the tickets from the premier.

katy on July 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I’m going to see Capt. America tonight.
I’ve got to work late tonight on some critical systems and I would prefer to not fall asleep from boredom trying to find something on TV.

evilned on July 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM

That was a fun movie. Wait for the credits to see what is at the end.

txmomof6 on July 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Somewhere in this movie is a metaphor for the debt crisis.

William Amos on July 31, 2011 at 11:32 AM

What is it with Speilberg and Aliens?

Does he know something?

katy on July 31, 2011 at 11:34 AM

The Joe Arapaio Story? I’m in!

pc on July 31, 2011 at 11:36 AM

However, this movie intrigues me. I might have to go see it. I haven’t been to a movie since “Amazing Grace”.

Voter from WA State on July 31, 2011 at 11:21 AM

If you loved Amazing Grace (as I did), then perhaps you’ll want a review of Cowboys And Aliens from a more spiritual perspective:
http://www.pluggedin.com/movies/intheaters/cowboysandaliens.aspx

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The Joe Arapaio Story? I’m in!

pc on July 31, 2011 at 11:36 AM

LOL!

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

What is it with Speilberg and Aliens?

Does he know something?

katy on July 31, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Im sure he knows more about Aliens than George Lucas.

William Amos on July 31, 2011 at 11:39 AM

What is it with Speilberg and Aliens?

Does he know something?

katy on July 31, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Can you name a genre that has generated more cash for Hollywood than space aliens?

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2011 at 11:39 AM

“Native Americans”

But of course.

exlibris on July 31, 2011 at 11:41 AM

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Per capita….westerns

katy on July 31, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Can you name a genre that has generated more cash for Hollywood than space aliens?

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Hollywood Cash Generators for 200.
Adjusted for inflation, this is a genre that has generated more cash for Hollywood than space aliens.
What are Westerns?
No I’m sorry. The judges were looking porn. Porn.

pc on July 31, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Wild Wild West

William Amos on July 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM

He. Top ten worst movie of all time.

CW on July 31, 2011 at 11:47 AM

I’m in.

Sometimes I just like to sit and be entertained.

Actually, most of the time I just want to be entertained at the movies.

This is appears to be what movies at the theatre were supposed to be – not some character study or tear-jerking drama or some vision of a tofu-eating, latte-sipping, emo director.

reaganaut on July 31, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Wait for Red Box to carry it and save yourself the outrageous theater ticket price. I took a horde of boys to see this flick and we were all disappointed.

The action is pretty good…when there is action. Way way too much time spent on maudlin interpersonal scenes that provide almost nothing for the plot, other than to give obvious clues on what their ultimate fate will be. And when things do happen with the characters who came straight from central casting, the result is nothing you haven’t seen a hundred times before in every western ever made.

Watch the official trailers and you will see 90% of the action in the movie. What the trailers won’t show is the dreary, dull, interminable boringness in between the few exciting parts.

Bishop on July 31, 2011 at 11:53 AM

I like strawberries.
I like raspberries.
I once had a strawberry-raspberry pie.
It was horrible. Some things just should not be mixed.

I like chocolate.
I like peanut butter.
There are #insert brand name# candies.
They’re delicious. Some disparate things go together most excellently.

I like cowboy flicks.
I like alien flicks.
This is a cowboy-alien flick.
???????

ss396 on July 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM

You’ll never guess why the aliens are abducting people left and right throughout the film.

To give them anal probes. That was easy.

el gordo on July 31, 2011 at 11:58 AM

I realize this site is for politics, but I always like seeing film reviews and stuff.

AbaddonsReign on July 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

That was a fun movie. Wait for the credits to see what is at the end.

txmomof6 on July 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Crap. Me & ladyingray left before the credits were done. WTH did we miss?>??
And Capt America was awesome BTW. I say this as a former comic book nerd (Marvel Universe kinda gal).
I am excited about this movie. I don’t care WTH anyone says, this stuff is funny.
Course I’m a RPGer from way back & have played a lot of wierd genre like this.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Firefly did it pretty well.

Ed Morrissey on July 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Not it didn’t. To this day Firefly is one of the stupidest things ever put on TV. And that includes Presidential Primary Debates! Bad acting, horrid mind numbingly stupid dialog, bad writing, insipid plots (every other one was about saving River). It was so awful it didn’t last a season. Fox didn’t even air all the episodes that were made. It didn’t have a lot of fans or viewers, but the few there are a very loud and vociferous. Kinda like liberals. Hey I think this explains Obama.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Let me sum it up for you:

“Did..*cough cough*…did I get em?”

-You got em, boy, you got em.

“I’m glad *cough gurgle*

-Now rest easy, boy, I’ll get you home and take care of you good.

“I always wanted to…*gurgle snort cough*…make ya proud a me.

-You did good, boy. Ima proud of you plenty.

“I…I…*wheeze gurgle choke*…I…” *eyes glaze over*

Bishop on July 31, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Saw it yesterday with my boyfriend. Had the best seats, great popcorn, and the theater was less than half full.
We both found the movie boring; with the same looking alien creatures that are all the norm now. Paula Dano was the only interesting character, the rest seemed like they were going through the motions, depending on the same facial expressions they’ve always used; like Daniel Craig’s perpetual scowl, and Harrison Ford’s one-eyed wince. Today I can barely remember one scene in the movie. It is that forgettable.

betsyz on July 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Went last night with my two millennials. They spent most of the movie drooling over Olivia Wilde.

CyberCipher on July 31, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I saw this on friday with my 13 year old and his brother(On his 11th birthday) It was the most awesome movie in the history of awesomness. Do not waste it on girlz. The only thing that could improve this movie would be to include pirates.

Little Boomer on July 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Not it didn’t. To this day Firefly is one of the stupidest things ever put on TV. And that includes Presidential Primary Debates! Bad acting, horrid mind numbingly stupid dialog, bad writing, insipid plots (every other one was about saving River). It was so awful it didn’t last a season. Fox didn’t even air all the episodes that were made. It didn’t have a lot of fans or viewers, but the few there are a very loud and vociferous. Kinda like liberals. Hey I think this explains Obama.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

I watch it on Hulu. I haven’t seen all the episodes, but I like it. Yeah it’s predictable & not super imaginative, but neither are romance novels & some people like those. It’s entertainment to some.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Sometimes a movie is just a movie.

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM

It’s entertainment to some.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Well if you go by ratings, it was entertaining to almost no one.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Why, you’re just a Ching-wah TSAO duh liou mahng!

*ducks*

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Well if you go by ratings, it was entertaining to almost no one.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:33 PM

I don’t go by ratings.
Your trash is another man’s treasure.
Big deal.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Sometimes a movie is just a movie.

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I tried to think that about that tree hugging military hating movie Avatar. But I couldn’t do it. All it did was piss me off as another Fern Gully. Just more visually pleasing.
The noble savage mantra chaps my hide.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

The only thing that could improve this movie would be to include pirates.

Little Boomer on July 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

What? No dinosaurs?

RedWinged Blackbird on July 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

What? No dinosaurs?

RedWinged Blackbird on July 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Saving it for this.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:37 PM

“Because we ain’t played cowboys and Muslims yet.”

*ducks again*

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Went last night with my two millennials. They spent most of the movie drooling over Olivia Wilde.

There was a girl in it? I was so busy fanning myself over both Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford…. :-)

TeresainFortWorth on July 31, 2011 at 12:39 PM

*ducks again*

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM

That is seriously my favorite joke ever. But it wasn’t muslims. I like it anyway.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Of course you’re right.

But in this case do we really need to analyze this movie from a spiritual perspective?

The messaging in Avatar was indeed over the top which is why I can’t watch it any more. Same reason I hate the second half of Dances with Wolves.

But sometimes a movie is just a movie.

This ain’t Schindler’s List.

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Harrison Ford-I used to be in love with him as a tween-teen. But then I saw he had an earring.
That was it for me :P

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Why, you’re just a Ching-wah TSAO duh liou mahng!

*ducks*

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Could you translate that into english (or italian) so I can know wether to be amused or insulted.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM

But sometimes a movie is just a movie.

This ain’t Schindler’s List.

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Yeah. But then sometimes I don’t want to support the Hollywood machine by making my own statement & not paying to see it.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Could you translate that into english (or italian) so I can know wether to be amused or insulted.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Smiling & nodding also works.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM

This is the first I have even HEARD of this movie…..I’m so ashamed. I may break my pledge to never go to another movie theater.

Mord on July 31, 2011 at 11:14 AM

RINO/

derft on July 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Even if this movie is bad, I would watch it to see the horses they’re using & what kind of tack etc. they got.
That stuff interests me.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

But what about the Battleship trailer?

Yakko77 on July 31, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I saw it last night. Was ok but the darn guy behind us kept passing gas.

txag92 on July 31, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Firefly did it pretty well. So did Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.

Ed Morrissey on July 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM

So true. Why must classic shows like those die young when others live on long after their proverbial shark has been jumped?

Vegi on July 31, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Can you name a genre that has generated more cash for Hollywood than space aliens?

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Hollywood Cash Generators for 200.
Adjusted for inflation, this is a genre that has generated more cash for Hollywood than space aliens.
What are Westerns?
No I’m sorry. The judges were looking porn. Porn.

pc on July 31, 2011 at 11:46 AM

I stand corrected.
But look at the 25 biggest films of all time, & see how many have to do with outer space.

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM

I saw it last night. Was ok but the darn guy behind us kept passing gas.

txag92 on July 31, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Smellivision.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Smellivision.

Badger40 on July 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I’m waiting for “The Feelies”.

Oldnuke on July 31, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I stand corrected.
But look at the 25 biggest films of all time, & see how many have to do with outer space.

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Two.

Oldnuke on July 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I’d rather see a film version of Howard Waldrop’s “Night of the Cooters.” Or maybe not since Slim Pickens is no longer around to play the sheriff. Still, I suppose “Cowboys and Aliens” is better than nothing.

Rip Ford on July 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Its a curse from the show Firefly.

If you liked the show (which you did not) you’d probably be amused.

In your case you will probably be offended since you appear to be so uptight about your sci-fi.

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Oldnuke on July 31, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Actually, by that list I count 3 and if you make it the top 30 biggest films it doubles to 6.

Rip Ford on July 31, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Spielbergs last good movie was Saving Private Ryan.

Most of the movies he has directed since have been pretty ‘Meh’.

Most of the movies he’s been associated with (like Super-8 earlier this year) were kinda crappy too.

That movie was a big disappointment.

‘Falling Skies’ on TNT (that Spielberg produces on) is kinda OK, but has become tedious after only a few weeks. In fairness though, I need to catch up on the episodes I haven’t watched for the last two weeks.

Speaking of that…where’s my DVR…

catmman on July 31, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Actually, by that list I count 3 and if you make it the top 30 biggest films it doubles to 6.

Rip Ford on July 31, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Yeah, you’re right I skimmed right over Transformers. I never watched those so it didn’t register.

Oldnuke on July 31, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Rip Ford on July 31, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Yeah and if you expand the list to include all science fiction it gets even bigger if you include fantasy it gets larger still.

Oldnuke on July 31, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Cowboys and Aliens passed the sleep test. I fall asleep for some period at most movies, but for some reason not this one. Pretty good movie as action sci-fy go.

Dasher on July 31, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Spielbergs last good movie was Saving Private Ryan.

A.I. was pretty great, and while I don’t agree with its politics, Munich was also really well made.

YYZ on July 31, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Cowboys & Aliens was fine. Surely it deserved a better fate than being beaten by The Smurfs. But I kept being distracted by Harrison Ford’s voice. When did it get so gravelly?

YYZ on July 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Could you translate that into english (or italian) so I can know wether to be amused or insulted.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM

That you had to ask, just demonstrates that you didn’t watch the show. Now, as for Daniel Craig … I’ll be in my bunk ;-)

Firefly_76 on July 31, 2011 at 2:04 PM

To this day Firefly is one of the stupidest things ever put on TV.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Them’s fightin’ words, partner.

DangerHighVoltage on July 31, 2011 at 2:11 PM

But what about the Battleship trailer? – Yakko77

That looks kick azz!

When is the Navy ever gonna get it? You can NEVER leave the Iowa’s in permanent retirement!

Tony737 on July 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM

YYZ on July 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Ally McBeal is sucking the life out of him. Same with Newt…

Gohawgs on July 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM

OK, my 14-year-old son and I went to see this movie. I loved the action and the story line was okay; when you go to see it you will pick up on a little bit of E.T., Apollo 13, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. I mean, how could you not with the known producers and directors of the same . . . no original plays or movies exist any longer . . . no imagination left! Just sayin’ . . .

ranger549 on July 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Wrong. Firefly was great. Do you really want to got to war over this??? lol

boomer on July 31, 2011 at 2:18 PM

What about vampires and rappers playing police detectives? It’s got that, too, right?

trubble on July 31, 2011 at 2:20 PM

DangerHighVoltage on July 31, 2011 at 2:11 PM

boomer on July 31, 2011 at 2:18 PM

To use some of the mind numbingly stupid dialog I talked about earlier. “I aim to misbehave” bring it on.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I’m not intrigued by this movie, but at least it is an original idea. Not like yet another ‘Final Destination’ movie, Conan without Arnold, Single White Roommate (or whatever), SMURFS (without the dancing part), or anything else that’s just crap made out of recycled crap.

James on July 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM

To this day Firefly is one of the stupidest things ever put on TV.
Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Firefly started out badly. I wanted to like it, but stopped watching after a couple of episodes (along with most other people, apparently.) Social paradigms repeat indefinitely – technology does not. Yeah, the idea of a post-C1vil War reconstruction in the far future was clever, but hey: WE GET IT! No one with the brainpower to care about that needs to be hit over the head with laser guns that look like Colt Peacemakers; using spaceships to rustle horses; and freaking hover-train robberies.

But once the series got past that nonsense – in episodes that weren’t even run the first time but came out later in syndication – the show turned out very well.

Serenity, on the other hand, was one of the very best movies ever made from start to finish. I defy anyone to watch the first five minutes and not be glued to the screen for the rest of the film – and then want to see a whole lot more of it. (Unfortunately though, not very many people saw that first five minutes. And I don’t blame them.)

logis on July 31, 2011 at 2:36 PM

High Plains Invaders starring James Marsters. Low budget but still good.

Blake on July 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM

The Outlaw Han Solo

Rip Ford on July 31, 2011 at 2:49 PM

James on July 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Not to mention I just saw a commercial for a remake of Fright Night.

Really? Fright Night? Who knew the barrel had a bottom this low?

James on July 31, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Who knew the barrel had a bottom this low?

James on July 31, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Sadly, it’s far worse than you could possible imagine. Jerry Bruckheimer is in the production stages for a new Lone Ranger movie. Of course it will be directed by the same guy who did the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. So it should be a first class event all the way. They even got that master thespian Johnny Depp to play Tonto.

Tommy_G on July 31, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Redwinged blackbird:

Six shooters and Western values made Firefly one great sci fi series.

xkaydet65 on July 31, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Speilberg makes Alien movies?…….does he make any other?

Captain America was old school patriotic, Can-do American spirit without all the slutiness we’ve grown to expect from Hellywood.

Mammy liked it, and she even “would see it again.

Avengers trailer after all…..ALL….. the credits looked awesome!

PappyD61 on July 31, 2011 at 3:23 PM

‘Tremors’ was better – and it had Reba.

BHO Jonestown on July 31, 2011 at 4:12 PM

“What are you supposed to be?”

“Space cowboy”

Yep, Firefly did it first.

But seriously, how can you go wrong with space cowboys?

There Goes The Neighborhood on July 31, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Tommy_G,

I saw Serinity first, and that got me to watch the series. Same with my spouse. And my best friend, who’s next going to heap it all upon his family. A nice bunch of charaters. They should have had a spin-off where Inara just stands there for an hour.

liberty0 on July 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Daniel Craig is so hot in this movie, it’s almost a chick flick.

HellCat on July 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM

We are going to go see this in about an hour. I like Cowboy movies.

Dr Evil on July 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Somewhere in this movie is a metaphor for the debt crisis

Yeah, If the townspeople are being eaten alive -they must be the taxes…er, sorry,…revenues.

The bad cattle barron must be the tea party

I’d guess Obama as the dog, but he could be the aliens (that birth certificate thingy) tell me, do the aliens talk with the aid of teleprompters?

I know he’s not the town doctor -unless the doc’s taking all the kids tonsils out for his bar tab.

Who’s the school marm in this one?

Don L on July 31, 2011 at 5:21 PM

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, welcome to American films, and please turn off your cellphone before the movie starts.

LOL. Good line.

Sorry to hear about a wasted Keith Carradine, a long-time favorite–my ears perked up when I heard he was in it.

And I agree: Firefly was great (Serenity wasn’t) and Daniel Craig is hot and reason enough to see this movie.

SukieTawdry on July 31, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Cowboys and Aliens was adapted from a comics graphic novel.

I plan to see this movie but where is your Captain America review? Go out and see Captain America!

Red Skull: “I’ve seen the future and there are no Flags.”

Capt. America: “Not in my future!”

RedRobin145 on July 31, 2011 at 9:16 PM

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