By Eleanor Ringel Cater
Come on now, just what is one to expect from a movie called “Cowboys & Aliens?”
A dusty western town with an apocalyptic name like Absolution. Check.
An alien probe. Check
Well, filmmaker Jon Favreau (“Iron Man” and “Swingers”) has provided all of the above. And I happily stayed until the very end of the movie, watching Harrison Ford do a Gruff Old Harrison Ford, as a crusty rancher, and Daniel Crag as a kind of Young Harrison Ford as a cowboy who’s been, well, for lack pf a better word, probed.
Favreau goes for iconic over smart and if you like any of the things on the above chck list, chances are you’ll have a pretty good time at “Cowboys & Aliens.” Just put Clint Eastwood and John Ford out of your head..
Oh, and I’ve got a little bet going on with Larry Larsen who talks with me about movies every Friday on WMLB at around 9 am. There’s a very noticeable dog in the picture. and both of us are still puzzled as to why the dog was there (It gets plenty of close-ups).
To save Craig’s Steve McQueen look-alike?
To save Harrison’s “half-breed” son?
To turn into an alien a la the sled dog in John Carpenter’s version of “The Thing?”
We couldn’t figure it out, so if you can, please leave me a comment below, and then I’ll tell Jeff Davis and WMLB.