Chubtoad reviews ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

 

 

 

This is Close Encounters of the Terrible Kind!  I don’t understand how a project that has such big named producers and creators along with a star studded talented cast can end up being such a boring, convoluted genre mess ripe with every western and sci-fi trope shoved down the audience’s throats.  This was a film that I anticipated for this summer.  The trailer looked good and even though I have never read the source material, my understanding of its premise made this Hollywood venture seem promising.  What is sad is the trailers for this film seemed better edited and produced than the film itself.

Daniel Craig gives a forgettable leading man performance playing up the stranger with no name western trope that had potential to be great and just fell flat.  Harrison Ford is shifted in the beginning of this film from the usual hero leading man he plays to the western trope of evil cattle baron.  However, rather than sticking to that he quickly evolves with little resistance to the good guy hero type of the sci-fi genre trope.  Olivia Wilde plays a cardboard lifeless character that could have been interesting based on what she was supposed to be, but ends up becoming one of the most boring parts of the film.

Cowboys & Aliens is a genre mash up that suffers from the classic Hollywood machine where we are just expected to throw down our 10 bucks, eat some popcorn and turn into mindless zombies for 2+ hours.  The aliens in this film are a joke.  We do not feel any true sense of danger from them.  The CG of this film is so lackluster; it made me yearn for the sci-fi effects of 1950’s B sci-fi movies.  The film has plot holes big enough to drive a herd of cattle through and the interaction between the characters is bizarre at best and uninteresting.  The Indians in this film make no sense.  They feel that the white man brought this evil down on earth and are ready to kill for that reason, but forgive this in a matter of seconds when Wilde’s character has her big reveal scene.  That scene in my opinion would have driven the Indians into even more of a frenzy of superstition, but no, they just accept it.  This makes no sense just like the rest of this film.

This film is way too long, there are way too many drawn out boring scenes.  How many times do we have to watch them ride through the dessert?  Jon Favreau has not made a classic genre film as hoped.  Instead we got a mess that I dare say wastes time of everyone involved including the audience.  This is another cookie cutter Hollywood assembly line made film.  I had a better reaction to ‘Wild Wild West’ than to this film if that tells you anything.

I give this film 1.5 stars out of 5.  Avoid this film if you can.  If you feel you must see it, wait until it is streaming on Netflix.

 

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Chubtoad reviews ‘Captain America the First Avenger’

Forget the Inglorious Bastards!  Give me the Howling Commandos, give me Bucky Barnes, Give me Captain America!  ‘The First Avenger’ is a comic book adaptation that gives the audience a thrill ride like no other!  Joe Johnston did a masterful job at once again capturing the true essence of all that is the earlier half of the twentieth century as he did with Rocketeer!  Chris Evans is magnificent as Steve Rogers/Captain America.  He embodies the perfect hero with all the physical presence and patriotic attitude that comic book fans have come to know as Captain America.  The backdrop of World War II with all the Nazi and Hydra trouble that plagues the world with their evil ways brings a perfect setting for our hero and his supporting cast.  The set design for this film was masterful to say the least.

The supporting cast for this film was not shabby at all.  We had Tommy Lee Jones playing Colonel Chester Phillips that was just perfect for his type of acting.  He brought a mix of K from ‘Men in Black’ with some Marshal Gerard from ‘The Fugitive’ to this character.  He was magnificent!  Stanley Tucci was brilliant as Dr. Erskine and his short time on screen stole the scenes.  Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull was another example of perfect casting along with the others Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Neal McDonough and so many more!  I also have to mention Dominic Cooper as a young playboy Howard Stark.  He played this role with that same Stark swagger that we got from Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in the ‘Iron Man’ films.

The story is great!  We get the classic Captain America origin story from his time as a 90 pound weakling volunteering out of desperation for the “Super Soldier” program to him punching out Hitler!  There is a montage scene in the middle of this film with the Howling Commandos that is just edge of your seat thrilling and breathtaking!  The struggle between the Red Skull and Cap are played out in classic hero/villain style that we would get from the comic book.  There are so many moving parts to this film that all pieces together so perfectly I just cannot complain.  Also, for the comic book fans there are many Easter Eggs hidden all throughout this film, not to mention the bonus Avengers trailer at the end of the credits!

This film was put together right.  The acting and direction was spot on!  The action was great and the CGI for the most part was good.  I did have some issues with a few scenes of skinny Steve, but not all of them.  However, nothing detracted from this film.  I highly recommend this film to all film goers and must say it is a requirement for comic book fans to go.  I give this film 4.5 stars out of 5 and now want to be frozen in time not to be awakened until it is time to see the Avengers movie next year!

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