When I was a kid, I pretty much only watched sci-fi movies and Westerns. So believe me: I really, really, really want Cowboys & Aliens to be good. Genre mash-ups are tricky to pull off, but based on the teaser trailer, it looks like director Jon Favreau is gamely trying to merge the windswept frontier world of High Noon with CGI alien-invasion action. Daniel Craig is the star as the mysterious (possibly amnesiac?) outlaw, and Olivia Wilde is distractingly gorgeous as a frontier lady. Still, the real pleasure in the trailer is seeing Harrison Ford doing his action-hero thing again. Check it out below:
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The most hopeful thing in the trailer flashes by right at the end: “Screenplay by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof.” Lindelof, of course, was one half of the showrunning team behind Lost, and Orci/Kurtzman wrote the screenplay for the jaunty Star Trek reboot. They also, however, write Transformers movies. (But this looks better than Transformers. Or at least better than Jonah Hex. Right?)
What do you think about this first look at C&A, PopWatchers?
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