I had a chance to see this movie today. I had a lot of fun.
This isn't some monumental piece of art that will forever change how we think about acting and movies and humanity.
It was a movie that gave us Cowboys and Aliens.
Seriously, if you just imagine a plot based on that title, you will most likely hit the right ballpark. I don't say this as a harsh criticism, this is a movie I went to expecting to see one or two archetypal formulas at work.
The main character's actor (I still can't recall his name) had a few moments where I thought his acting was a bit subpar. Harrison Ford made up for it, though, proving that "gruff" doesn't mean the same thing as emotionless. You could tell what he cared about, why he cared about it, what scared him and why he would act the way he did, as opposed to the other lead actor who was just kind of...well, he was gruff.
Definitely a popcorn flick, but a good example of one.
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I thought the first two-thirds of the movie was very interesting. Good performances all around, and a clever setup. Then it turned into a by-the-numbers kill-the-aliens movie, and it fell apart. As a western, it was great. As an alien movie, it was nothing special.
Just saw it. Possibly one of the most clicheed, formulaic movies I've ever seen. That being said, it's still Indiana Jones teaming up with James Bond to fight aliens in the old west. The actors seem to be having a ball, and are all pretty good (even if they grossly underuse Sam Rockwell, but he's always grossly underused). Forgettable, yes, but great fun while it lasts.