Nothing says Wild West like a firm pair of cowboy boots, hard brimmed hat and a...laser arm gun? So is the plight of Daniel Craig in Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s "Cowboys & Aliens," out this week from the folks at Universal Home Entertainment. Strap on the alien gizmo and mount the horse – review below!
Title: "Cowboys & Aliens" (Extended Edition)
Grade: 3 1/2
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
Director: Jon Favreau
Runtime: 135 minutes
Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment
The Flick: For all the talk, good and bad, "Cowboys & Aliens" is a movie that’s right down the middle of entertainment road. Meaning it’s not bad in it’s telling of an old west story mixed with some pesky human grabbing aliens, but it’s not all that great either. And all the elements are fully in place for success like a great cast (Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Clancy "Highlander" Brown as a preacher and even a wimpy Sam Rockwell – does it get better?!), decent director (Favreau already showed his prowess with "Iron Man!") and an engaging story, but like a tasty soup that seems to be missing a little finesse, "Cowboys & Aliens" needed more cinematic salt.
Best Feature: 'Conversations With Jon Favreau' shows just what cool past work stuff a fanboy who has the talents trust can get during an interview. Highlights include a great Steven Spielberg story about meeting the legendary John Ford and a Harrison Ford Empire story that slays ‘em all!
Best Hidden Gem: Walton Goggins, Shane via 'The Shield,' shows up in a tasty and equally slimy role that puts the top talent to shame!
Worth the Moola: Fun, fluffy, but forgettable – rent it and put it back.