Watched Aug 06, 2012
Everyone Puts on a Western Accent Except Harrison Ford: The Movie.
Here's a great idea, let's take a genius idea of making a western that shows how people of that time would deal with an alien invasion and give it to Jon Favreau, an average at best director whose biggest success (Iron Man) was only because Robert Downey Jr. carried both films like a pro. I really liked the idea behind the movie and I love Craig & Ford so watching this seemed like a no brainer for me. Instead of going into great detail of how badly they dropped the ball I'll just do a quick list of what worked and what didn't. I might come back to this review to go into greater detail though.
-Daniel Craig and his accent
-Some of the western aesthetics looked nice
-Harrison Ford's lack of an accent in a western movie
-Movie can't decide if bullets can harm the aliens or not
-Things just seem to conveniently happen for whichever character currently needs the writer to step in and help them out
-No reason why the aliens need the gold
-No good reason why the aliens need so many damn humans to study
-The story itself is flimsy
-Forced romance between Craig and Wilde with Hollywood pulling the timeless "Even though my spouse died days ago and I'm in mourning it's OK for me to fall in love with someone I just met because my spouse is dead and I need love"
-Jon Favreau can't direct an action scene for shit
-The action scenes feel flat/empty
-The characters didn't seem very disturbed at the idea of aliens or when Craig used his handy dandy wrist cannon
-Character claims the aliens are basically blind during the day yet they fly fine and completely wreck the dozens of humans during the assault on the enemy ship
-Alien design was pretty shit
-Wilde's character wasn't necessary
-Wilde's character seemed thrown in just to give the movie a lame plot twist, sexual tension for Craig's character, and to throw in a 'noble sacrifice' scene that could have easily worked with any other character and some dynamite. If anything Harrison Ford's character would have benefited more if it was him to make the sacrifice
-I felt Paul Dano was severely underused
-Harrison Ford basically played himself, again