Cowboys and Aliens
: one of the worst movies ever.
No, really. It was ghastly. Murky cinematography, minimal plot, nonsenical evil aliens, pointless mumbled dialogue, and lots of slow, ponderous movement punctuated by explosions.
Why'd I watch it? For Daniel Craig, of course. Despite my current Daniel Craig pash, I'm not sure it was worth it. There were some lovely shots of him moving gracefully in rough terrain, but the script didn't give him much to work with. The only character in the movie who had any real personality was Paul Dano as the hideous brat Percy Dolarhyde, who I thought might have some interesting character development - but sadly, he was kidnapped by the aliens early on, and had no story at all, let alone a developing one.
Harrison Ford as the tough-guy town-runner simply made me think sadly of Harrison Ford as he was in Star Wars
Between the froggy aliens, the laconic cowboys, the virtuous whore, the yelping Indians, the sad-eyed dog, and so on... there was no cliché untouched.
of cowboys and aliens is terrific. Just look at Firefly
. Okay, no real aliens there (and all to the better), but just think what Joss Whedon could have done with this. He might have given us characters with personality, and the occasional joke. The aliens might have been convincing. He might have made it fun.
Oh, it was so sadly lacking in fun.
You know what really bothers me? It was directed (badly) by Jon Favreau, who (badly) directed Iron Man 2
. And they've given him Iron Man 3
to direct. I was really looking forward to Iron Man 3
. Now I just have to hope that Jon Favreau has developed a smidge of directing talent in the past year or so. Because this was so very, very boring.