Could Cowboys and Aliens be the surprise hit of the summer? It’s got cowboys, it’s got aliens (duh) and Daniel Craig (as the stonefaced hero), Harrisson Ford (as the stonefaced anti-hero), Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde (who’s somehow managed to turn her limited talent into action heroine). There’s also massive memory loss, mystery and Apache warriors. It all goes down in 1873 Arizona. This modern Western has the most ludicrous plotline in years, which could turn it into one of the classic ‘so-bad-it’s-amazing’ films or even hold his own as seperating from the flood of superheroes, pirates and sorcerers that’s coming our way this year.
Third in line for the (apparently) continuing series of Dreamworks’s comic book- adaptations, Cowboys and Aliens joins the ranks of Road To Perdition (oh I so need to watch this again) and the very much acceptable Over The Hedge. Even though Jon Favreau‘s directing is still in it’s humble beginnings, starting from a Will Ferrell Christmas-classic Elf and moving on to the very massive Iron Man franchise, we know that he can at least create an entertaining atmosphere. Out of the Marvel universe’s mixed bunch Iron Man has always been my least favourite, so I haven’t really noticed Favreau as any kind of up-and-coming action/adventure/comedy director. Maybe C & A will open a bigger audience for him.
Craig is definitely bringing in the big bucks this year since C & A, the relaunch of The Adventures of Tintin and the remake The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are sure to gather up the crowds. Mr. Ford rarely goes astray when it comes to action-adventure (no mentions of Indiana Jones 4 now n00bs). I think Cowboys and Aliens could become a cult classic and a guilty pleasure.
Out in the US on July 29th, UK August 12th, Finland probably in September.