Chattanooga Film Goers Beware: Cinema is reinventing a lot this summer. Worth the money: Harry Potter for lovers of the books; Captain America for comic book lovers beats the Hulk, misses in comparison to Iron Man. A remake of same story lines over and over; No Strings Attached earlier this year, now we have Friends with Benefits and Crazy Stupid Love. Failing: Zookeeper, the Smurfs (another adult cartoon for kids), and Cowboys and Aliens.
So this weeks’ film review: Cowboys and Aliens, a Universal/DreamWorks Productions with Producers including Ron Howard and Stephen Spielberg. The director was either unaware of the tiresome nature of pitting cowboys against aliens with limited entertainment thus not hitting the mark or simply did not realize the cast was not up to making this film achieve higher than the script. It did however, achieve if this were the goal a bloodbath of violence – typical of alien movies, and language apparently considered typical of the wild west. Who knew?
Costuming for the wild west is not a daunting task, therefore what is expected of these films. What is expected are awesome aliens, with fantastic cinematography. Matthew Libatique, Dan Lebental, Jim May, and Scott Chambliss obviously lacked time to present well-tuned special effects, and “unique” aliens.
Casting includes the awesome Harrison Ford, working through this as though he was remembering Star Wars, but forgetting what made it surpass others of its kind. Ford (Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde) is a cattleman, who is not surprised when the arms of alien ships (tentacles) withdrawal people from earth. Daniel Craig (Jake Lonergan), and English cowboy pulls off the character (an actor) using western clichés, to include rough and tumbly cowhand persona; out to get trouble while cautiously stating, no trouble. He is that strong willed cowboy type, yet something is still missing. Others in the cast include Meacham (Clancy Brown) a bandit, the town drunk Percy (Paul Dano), and a doc (Sam Rockwell). It is as though the comic book writer starting this tale was a fan of Tombstone, with a twist of old TV shows like Maverick, and Gunsmoke thrown in for character.
So what we have, is a poor example of a western surrounded in story by aliens that did not have to participate in this film, other entities or enemies would actually have improved the dialogue. Aliens need to remain, alien.
So for Chattanoogas off to the cinema this weekend; plan ahead. Read the reviews, and think positively before entering into a firm 2 hour commitment to a movie; relax at the Outback then head over the Regal Cinemas Hamilton Place 10-17 (1-9 destroyed), to see for pre-teens (Mr. Poppers’ Penguins 2011), younger kids (Rio 2011), for those wanting a cry Water for Elephants, for those wanting minimal action (X-Men: First Class), but do not waste money on this weekends newcomers.
For Chattanoogas also avoid Provinos, East Ridge. After eating seriously nasty shrimp; the waitress advises they were aware of the “bad seafood” yet proceeded to serve dishes including these items. Then only offered, “free shrimp”, not replacement of the food tainted with the bad shrimp. Beware, as there was no reply by management to this occurrence.