Cowboys & Aliens

Title: Cowboys & Aliens
Year: 2011
Length: 118 minutes
Director: Jon Favreau
Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby; story by Fergus, Ostby & Steve Oedekerk
Starring: Daniel Craig
With: Clancy Brown, Paul Dano, Adam Beach, Sam Rockwell, Ana de la Reguera, Noah Ringer, Olivia Wilde, Keith Carradine, Harrison Ford
Music: Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography: Matthew Libatique
Editing: Dan Lebental, Jim May
I saw it: in the theater, a couple days ago
Synopsis: (see title)

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great)
Story:1/4 (Bad) Only six writers? There are still some good bits that slipped past; they should have gone for seven.
Characters:1/4 (Bad)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). The writing committee tried pretty hard to fuck this up, but it still manages to be fun. It’s a great cast (even though none of them are acting particularly well here, they’re still a great cast). And they go for a classic western style, which is nice in itself, but also manages to make the same old alien invasion crap seem somewhat less identical to every “science fiction” movie from the last ten years. It would have been nice, though, if they’d managed to do anything at all original.
Objective Rating (Average):2.4/4 (Okay)


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