Blog By K.

WTF of the week: Cowboys and Aliens

In Film on 2010/11/24 at 7:39 pm

Film: Cowboys and Aliens
Director: Jon Favreau
I was browsing through various reviews and updates in cinematic cyberspace when suddenly a title and photo caught my attention. You can’t see it on this picture, but the man standing is none other than Daniel Craig who, together with Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell, stars in this oddball of a film which I recently found out was a comic to begin with. So, I’m thinking to myself, “why the hell are three gifted actors such as these (Craig has done wonderful work as a supporting actor in films like Munich and Road to Perdition (and let’s not forget Casino Royale, mmkey), Ford is – as we all know it – a living legend who’s chosen some questionable roles in recent years but is undoubtedly a force to reckon with, and Rockwell is notorious for being one of the most underrated actors in the entire business) doing….. in this godawful, pointless, deplorable film?!”.

But then I did some thinking. First of all, the title is the film’s deepest flaw and biggest profit. I mean, Comboys and Aliens — what the hell is that? But if you think about it… the concept is genius. Why? Filmwise, we’ve seen people in the future fight aliens. We’ve seen people in the present fight them. But have we seen them been fought at in the late 19th century? In the American Old West? The thought itself is ridiculous, yet still…. intriguing, isn’t it? Think of all the new challenges that’ll emerge. The people will neither have the ordinary tools of today or the superior technology of tomorrow regarding weapons, transportation, shelter. It’s a whole new filmexperience we’ve never encountered before.
To not sound overly naive, I am aware that the concept of creating something new and never before seen is heavily used in planet Hollywood. But you’ve got big names here; Favreau’s directing, Spielberg and [Ron] Howard are producing. They must have seen some kind of potential.

However. This can either result to box office success or total filmdud. I’ll give it a fifty fifty procent chance. In any case, I’m excited to see how it all turns out and will (though I might change my mind if I, in the near future, were to question this sudden epiphany) watch the film.

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