This week I have the goal to see three movies: CAPTAIN AMERICA, COWBOYS AND ALIENS, and MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
I saw COWBOYS AND ALIENS yesterday, and disappointment hit me during the last third of the movie and kept growing.
Daniel Craig is fine in the role. He can deliver crappy lines with a certain gravitas that lends them an importance or gravelly sincerity. His character is a solid embodiment of the Western archetype- solitary, morally ambiguous, and grief-stricken. Plus, he looks mighty good in chaps.
The supporting characters were fine as well: it was nice to see Sam Rockwell, Keith Carradine and Clancy Brown (you've seen him- he played the baddie in HIGHLANDER and CARNIVALE, but I think his creepiest role was as the evil father in a TV movie called LOVE, LIES, AND MURDER), and they did as much as they could with what they were given.
I don't even know what's happened to Harrison Ford. I rewatched WORKING GIRL last week and can't reconcile how clumsy his acting has become. Maybe he's in it only for the paycheck, but he should still have some expertise in acting. He used to be so good.
The last third of the movie was absolutely painful. The writers retconned Ford's villain into a crusty war vet (um, didn't he torture and kill a pretty much innocent ranch hand in the beginning of the movie?), and I'm woefully sick of all the newest movie aliens looking like kissing cousins to Cloverfield.
What potential this concept had, only to die upon execution. I'm hoping the next two movies in my goal are better.