Cowboys & Aliens – Yee Haa or Yeeawn [Movie Review]

[amazon_link id=”1608870251″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” container=”” container_class=”” ]Cowboys and Aliens: The Illustrated Screenplay[/amazon_link]Now to be honest, I’d not really heard of the 2006 graphic novel that Cowboys & Aliens was based upon, so I went in to the cinema with an open mind on what to expect from the movie, the title really gives you all you need to know really, it’s about Cowboys and Aliens!

So What’s It All About Then?

As I mentioned earlier it’s about Cowboys and Aliens, based in 1873 in the New Mexico, a wounded stranger (Daniel Craig) awakes in the desert with no memory of what’s happened and wearing a strange metal bracelet on his wrist, so he rides in to the town of Absolution where the local preacher (Clancy Brown) deals with his wounds.

So after a while of town life and being thrown in the county jail after being recognised as a wanted outlaw by the sheriff (Keith Carradine) the town is attacked by alien ships which lasso the villagers and take them away.

Suffice to say a posse is set up and they go looking for the villagers. So that’s about it really!

So What Did I Think of Cowboys & Aliens?

Too be honest, it wasn’t bad, but it’s not really one of those movies that I would rave about and want to quickly see again, I would watch it again if it came on TV, but I wouldn’t go out and buy it on DVD.

There is just something lacking in the film and for me there were moments when my interest in the characters started to slip away, now don’t get me wrong the special effects are good, the aliens are ok, but I just can’t put my finger on the problem with the movie.

John Favreau, the director, has one a great job with the action sequences and there are moments when you sit back up and think, “Hey this movies started to get going”. The film does stand out well as a western, with the music bringing that classic western feel to the movie, but Cowboys with Aliens just doesn’t do anything for me, I personally believe that if the movie had a slightly stronger storyline and we cared about the characters, then I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more.

As is, the movie seems to roll along like a helpless tumble-weed blown by the desert winds and never really wants to go anywhere in particular. If you want explosions, aliens and some CGI from Industrial Light & Magic, then by all means check it out.

If you are looking for an awesome movie that you can shout about from the roof tops, then go see something else.

Overall Rating For Cowboys & Aliens

It’s a 3 out of 10 for me, I enjoyed the night out, but not so much the movie!

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  • OK, now that was from a woman’s perspective 😉

    I saw previews of it when I went to see Captain America and the previews didn’t hit me in such a way that I wanted to go and see it. I must admit though that I am wondering how they put the story together so I am going to see it. I’ll let you know if I rate it more than 3/10

  • Thanks Sire, looking forward to seeing what you think of the movie 😉

  • Jean

    I saw this being promoted heavily in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, never did go to see the movie though. From the sounds of your review, its going to stay that way for me!


  • Keep an eye out for my Classic Film Friday post tomorrow, it’s for a much better movie 😉

  • Nazmus

    I saw it the day it was released. And I liked it. I’d probably give it a 7/10. Probably because I’m a sucker for Olivia Wilde.

  • Dr. Rus

    Hey Karen;

    I have to say I agree with you on the movie. I enjoyed it simply because it’s a different twist. But, I gave it a 3 out of 5. You killed it with your 3 out 10. LOL!

    Dr. Rus

  • 😆 The 3 out of 10 really justified it for me 😉 😉 😆

  • I’ve never been a fan of Daniel Craig and this one is not an exception. Just watched Rise of The Planet of The Apes yesterday and it is 100% better than this one.

  • I ‘d like to see Rise of the Planet Apes myself, I’ve got another movie review coming up on Tuesday, keep an eye out for that one 😉

  • reeha

    Great movie i saw this movie few days ago and found it excellent movie. will see it again you reminds me to see this awesome movie.

  • I agree with you. It was so slow in the beginning and when it picked up everything was predictable and without wit or charm. The special effects are ok but not enough to justify paying to see this mess.

  • Thanks Damien, I’m glad I’m not on my own with the outcome of the movie 😉

  • I’ve seen this movie at home. I feel the same way.
    It’s not like it’s bad, but it’s a bit empty…. too thin.
    It can’t be the actors. It’s probably the story and the theme.
    I would still give it a positive score, but not high. It’s not one of those movies that I see the end credits and think “I want my hour and a half back!”.

    I would not watch it again though, it can’t hold my interest twice.