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View Poll Results: How do you grade Cowboys & Aliens?
A 13 22.81%
B 26 45.61%
C 12 21.05%
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Old July 30 2011, 01:48 AM   #16
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Re: Cowboys & Aliens: Review, Discuss, Grade, Sequel, DVD **SPOILERS**

Clancy as a Preacher? Guess they liked Carnivale...
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Old July 30 2011, 01:59 AM   #17
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CorporalClegg wrote: View Post

And once again, nice av Proc. Even in misery Ally is win.


Many thanks. I love the look on her face; it matches my own misery in this unrelenting heat.

Back to the movie, after reading all the additional comments, I'm now beginning to think that we might let this one become a rental and not a theatrical experience. The review in today's Plain Dealer was less than glowing as well, so I think I'll hold out for Rise of the Planet of the Apes next month.
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Old July 30 2011, 03:35 AM   #18
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Oops. Looks like another floppish opening.

I know it's not their fault, but this movie was doomed when Robert Downey Jr pulled out. The daffy premise really needs actors who can walk the action-comedy tightrope. Robert Downey Jr and Harrison Ford can do that, but Daniel Craig is strictly an action guy.
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Old July 30 2011, 04:09 AM   #19
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Was anyone seriously expecting this to be a monster hit? A $45 mil weekend is about the range I was expecting. Especially for something at the end of July.
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Old July 30 2011, 05:17 AM   #20
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It took me a really long time to get into this film. I guess I ended up enjoying it for the most part.

This is easily the best role Harrison Ford has had in years. He's plenty involved in the action and definitely has the most emotional moments in the film.
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Old July 30 2011, 05:59 AM   #21
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I was hoping the involvement of Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and Jon Faverau would catapult this movie.
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Old July 30 2011, 05:37 PM   #22
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Overall, I thought it was a decently entertaining summer action flick. Yeah, the critics are right that the movie becomes much less interesting and more pedestrian as it goes along, but I still thought it worked fairly well in the end.
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Old July 30 2011, 11:15 PM   #23
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just got home from seeing this, I found it to be quite good. I liked that it felt like a western from start to finish for me. I agree with those that have said this is Harrison Fords best role in a long time, and Daniel Craig nailed the quiet brooding type.

Having several of the secondary roles fleshed out and well cast , both of Woodrows sons , the preacher, the doc ; even the dumb gang of criminals felt true ( Except, really did any of those guys seem like the stand and fight type? I figured most of them would head for the beach and Lonergan would reaturn with just his little side kick guy )

All in all, I would recommend this , fun ride imo

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Old July 31 2011, 02:02 AM   #24
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It was decent, but I somehow expected more given the people involved. It was too dour, not enough fun overall, and the aliens seemed way too typical of the genre. But for all its faults, it was pretty entertaining.
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Old July 31 2011, 02:32 AM   #25
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The cast was good and even in a small role, Walton Goggins is always great to see.
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Old July 31 2011, 02:58 AM   #26
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Agreed, Ford was great. He was in full-on Han Solo mode for a few parts, especially the Indian camp scene.
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Old July 31 2011, 04:24 AM   #27
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Really disappointing.

So cheesy, cliche, and sloppy at times. The script was just bad. The idea of aliens invading back in the old west days imo has potential to be something really unique.

Hate to say it but I also don't think Jon Favreau was really up to the task directing this kind of big budget film. Yes the Iron Mans were cool, but even then I don't think the action sequences were all that great, IM was buoyed more by comedy and RDJ (especially IM2 which had a particularly sloppy script). There was a whole bunch of bad staging. Characters standing around, then other characters just show up, with little craft.

I agree with everyone who says Harrison Ford was the best thing about the movie. Well done old man.
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Old July 31 2011, 04:43 AM   #28
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I give it a B. I really enjoyed it, but there were moments where it lagged. I wasn't expecting much, and was afraid it would be too goofball for my tastes, but was pleasantly surprised--for the most part.

Overall, a very fun summer flick.
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Old July 31 2011, 01:58 PM   #29
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I had trouble staying awake through the first act, very slow and ploddiing. I am very disappointed as I enjoyed the comic and loved the casting. In the end, this movie was only a great cast away from being the SyFy movie of the week. Bad pacing, nonsensical script, and boring action sequences.

Oh, and for the money they spent, they could not find a hat that looked good on Craig? He looked like my 2 year old son wearing my cowboy hat.
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Old July 31 2011, 02:00 PM   #30
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Did this beat The Smurfs?
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