Did you see the trailer? It was accurate. Very accurate. On some level, I want to give this movie bonus points for having the most honest trailer I’ve seen in a long time.
I liked this movie as it was probably one of the most honest and straightforward movies I’ve seen in a long time. There’s cowboys & there’s aliens. Astute viewers will ask “wasn’t that Star Wars” and they’re right. This movie has far more in common with the original Star Wars than even the 3 prequels (in fact, with Harrison Ford in it, you could imagine this movie as the official prequel to SW). The action beats are spot on, the characters comfortable in their roles… It’s – well – perfect for those of us who just want to see a silly concept played well and enjoy a time at the movies.
I couldn’t help but think of this movie as Avatar – the way it should have been (even if we flipped the roles of humans/aliens). Where James Cameron failed on every level of story and script, Jon Favreau succeeded. Even hackneyed cliches are tuned just right to maximize their effects. So far this summer, this is the best movie I’ve seen.
Five shells for giving me exactly what I wanted – no more, no less. As for you? Well whatever impression you got from the trailers is accurate. If the premise is just to silly for your suspension of disbelief, don’t bother. If you got a little giddy at seeing spaceships and horses, go savor every minute of this film.
UPDATE: The redlettermedia guys gave this movie a pretty good review. Need more proof?