We saw Cowboys and Aliens last night. It was a fun movie, as we expected. Take a traditional western with all the usual western cliches and add scary aliens. How could that not be fun? If I were to complain about anything it would be that the aliens were inconsistently hard to kill. Sometimes they would be shot over and over and still keep coming and other times a single shot or a stab with a knife would kill one of them instantly. But that’s just being nit-picky.
The whole thing was pretty well done I think. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford were excellent. It was a different kind of role for Ford. It still seems funny seeing him playing old man roles especially when I see the famous lopsided nervous grin on his now grizzled face.
I have long thought that westerns and science fiction (at least, space opera) are not as far apart as most people think. In both the viewer or reader is taken to a world that we can never experience in reality and there are heroes, bad guys and action. Putting the two together can work very well.