CELEBRITY CAFE: Cowboys & Aliens was regarded as one of the biggest disappointments of the 2011 summer season, but I thought it was entertaining.
The idea of cowboys and creatures from space sharing the screen may sound ridiculous, but so did teaming Abbott and Costello with the classic Universal monsters Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s Monster. However, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) is rightfully embraced as a classic movie for the way it perfectly balances the comedy duo’s antics while the monsters remain spooky.
Although the ending plot twist of Cowboys is a bit too reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) the film is still enjoyable with a nice amount of action (Spielberg produced Cowboys).
What I enjoyed most about it, though, was the enjoyable work from stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. They both look the parts of men from the Old West and, thanks to the enthusiasm they bring to their roles, raise the material up a notch.
Sadly, while Craig still has James Bond to fall back on, this film’s failure continued Ford’s (box office) losing streak.