Cowboys & Aliens

(2011)

Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Roger's Office's: Cowboys and Aliens

Transcript for Roger's Office's: Cowboys and Aliens

ROGER EBERT:
 "Cowboys & Aliens" is not a satire. Nor is it a comedy. Humanity is in danger, and it's up to the cowboys of the Old West to save us. This is Rick Kogan speaking for Roger Ebert.

Daniel Craig stars as a murdering the stagecoach thief, and Harrison Ford plays a tyrannical rancher.
 
Craig grows close to the beautiful Olivia Wilde, who is not from around these parts.
 
The movie develops nicely as a traditional Western, before alien space ships attack.  Cowboys and Indians and good guys and bad guys all find out they're on the same team, and fight back.
 
This is almost too good to be true to learn. The movie was inspired not by a comic book, but by its cover. The aliens are in the ancient science fiction tradition of Bug-Eyed Monsters, and resemble gorillas crossed with lobsters.
As preposterous moneymakers go, it's ambitious and well made. Thumbs up.