A movie with a premise like Cowboys & Aliens might muster plenty of unwarranted criticism from biased moviegoers, but its content isn’t as black-and-white as its title might suggest. Jon Favreau’s $180 Million blockbuster-to-be is unquestionably an epic, but it unwittingly parlays its winning premise into a veritable roulette wheel of formulaic fallbacks, diminishing its confidence as a genre crossover. That being said, it’s also an ambitious and well crafted sci-fi action film that transposes elements from a tired theme with a fresh setting in an effort to revitalize a story that dates back to the 1950s.
And now, for Hollywood’s latest comic book adaptation, Cowboys & Aliens. I don’t know anything about the comic on which this film is based, so there will be no comparison between the two. There will be no summary, nor will there be a discussion of plot found here; the movie gives you exactly what the title promises – cowboys and aliens – and that’s all you need to know. However, what follows this paragraph is more of a discussion piece. I apologize in advance; this piece may seem schizophrenic and disjointed, but so are my feelings about the movie.
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