â€œPockets on Shrek, Rockets on deck
Tell me whatâ€™s next, alien sex
Iâ€™ma disrobe you, than Iâ€™mma probe you
See I abducted you, so I tell ya what to do
I tell ya what to do, what to do, what to doâ€
-Those Kanye West â€œrhymesâ€ from ET
Despite the geektastic union of James Bond and Indiana Jones sharing the same 40 feet of screen for the very first time, Cowboys & Aliens remains, after a distractedly puzzling 2 hours, a study of â€˜Oh, what could/should have beenâ€™. You leave as the credits roll not necessarily dissatisfied, but with the niggling feeling that, considering the pedigree of those involved in front of and behind the camera, this movie should be a lot better than it is.
In terms of Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion flicks, C&A is leagues better than Juneâ€™s 80’s nostalgia theme restaurant Super 8. It appears that 1880s evil aliens have a lot more going for it than 1980s weepy bitch aliens.
However, if the thought of seeing Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford together is just too enticing, then by all means go. Just make sure your expectations are roped nicely in check, for though the names Spielberg, producer Ron Howard, Lostâ€™s Damon Lindelof contributing to the screenplay, and Iron Man director Jon Favreau may lead you to expect genre transcendence, you may just have to be satisfied by the very averageness of the production.
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