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Cowboys and Aliens, A Message For All Ages

Cowboys and Aliens, A Message For All Ages

Harry Potter has nothing over Cowboys and Aliens with the imagination and surprises that make the viewer give the screen writers credit for creative content and almost two hours of excitement and intrigue.

Blazing space ships, suspense, horses, Indians, love, tight chaps with eye candy rears and piercing blue eyes like Steve McQueen are all part of the "Cowboy and Aliens" adventure film which has several important messages creeping through its science-fiction extraterrestrial elements.  

This film reaches back to the love of Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Fist Full of Dollars and John Wayne then brings the cosmic childlike future into the storyline with the twist of old western lessons. 

There was a little hesitation to see this movie based on the trailer but since the choices this summer have not been abundant for good entertainment we decided to go see the film on our Wednesday date day.  Not reading the reviews in the New York or Los Angeles Times prior to seeing a film is a standard I adhere to so I can judge for myself if the content moves me. I paid my money and can take my chances.  I was happy to say that I did not want my money back like I did after seeing Friends with Benefits and Bridesmaids. I even wanted my pop money back after watching those two losers. 

Larry Crowne was a movie I reviewed last month which had a similar outcome with the BIG DEAL reviewers.  The "powers that be"  just didn't "Get It" but the message was there waiting to be found.  Realize that I am that person who takes notes in any movie. I cried in the first five minutes of Land Before Time and to my daughters dismay when she was 7 took copious notes in Lion King so if there is a message to be shared, I am going to find it.  Now the point of dissension for the reader will be if we get the same message.

  • The film Stars:  Daniel Craig (James Bond), Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Olivia Wilde (Tron), Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2), Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine and Noah Ringer.
  • Director: Jon Favreau (Iron Man)
  • Power producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Ryan Kavanaugh, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (original novel inspired the film)
  • Executive producers: Steven Spielberg and Denis L. Stewart
  • Written by: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on a screen story by MarkFergus, Hawk Ostby and Steve Oedekerk and the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg;
  • Released by Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Reliance Entertainment. Running time: 1 hour 58 minutes                     


The interviews with Daniel Craig and John Favreau found them sharing the ultimate goal of the film to get the viewer emotionally engaged.  Submersion into the plot was easy as the viewer could feel his pain as Daniel Craig awoke in the desert of New Mexico with a foreign object/bracelet on his wrist, no boots, an open wound and no memory.  The story continues with his journey to find out who he was and why he was there. A question that all "thinking" viewers might even ask themselves on occasion.   Taking that theme deeper the film goes forward showing greed and power as "demons" the cowboys have to deal with.  Several versions of love come through loud and clear with family relationships and communication skills. I only cried once so take that for what it's worth.  

The theme of vampires, aliens and mutants seems to be popular with the young adult group today which is hard for me to get my head around and westerns are really off the radar. A friend of mine shared that the vampire infatuation was really from the dark side and trying to keep people from seeing the light.  That specific train of thought may not be on your radar but I am happy to say that the dark side of Cowboys and Aliens ends with the light coming on.   

Harrison Ford delivers the performance he is known for, a little grouchy but solid.  He makes you believe in the character and empathize with his feelings.  He has a "cowboy hat" and no whip so he is NOT Indiana Jones he is setting a new bar as a vintage actor entertaining the masses and delivers a message about life.

Daniel Craig is a cross between Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood in this film.  It was hard to think he could be so credible as a cowboy when he is such an incredible James Bond.  Transitioning the cowboy character for me  was like thinking of Lloyd Bridges in a role other than Sea Hunt. Daniel makes the transition and delivers a credible performance.  Now all the readers who don't like the film won't relate to Lloyd Bridges analogy because they were not alive for Sea Hunt, but this is ok.  Vintage participants can keep it to ourselves and silently chuckle or LOL. 

The story has a love theme between a man and a woman interrupted by a value issue and identity crises.  Greed and power is another vein with a father and a son which spills over to extended family members.  A racial conflict and several power struggles with domination which lead to conflict resolution via communication and execution of working a plan through life threatening situations.  There is no time to "zone out" keeping all the story lines working in your mind.  There are messages but it will be up to you and your value system to identify which ones are visible.   

Some of the lines that show the depth of the message. 

"You know who you are, you just have to remember."

"….. made the world a better place."

"….. took your gold….. when you get to hell you can ask for it back."

"Can you swim?"  Picture Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid.

"… studying their weakness…… came to make sure it would not happen again."

"Open your hearts and learn more from others." 

"I always dreamed of riding into battle with you….. I always dreamed of having a son like you."

"Stop thinking and you can be free" 

"If I can get into the core….."

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Bottom line… this is entertainment and you will not be disappointed so go see Cowboys and Aliens it has as much intrigue and creativity as Harry Potter. 

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Comment balloon 15 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • August 06 2011 10:44PM


Carra we've been talking about going to this movie but just haven't been too moved yet......we just might see it tomorrow. Thanks for the your movie reviews.  You should do a TV show review!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 9 years ago

Anna ~  Good idea... We are watching a tape version of the NY Housewives.. OMG.. have you ever seen that show... If that is what money does to people... keep it away! Come back after you see the movie and tell us what you think1

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the review, Carra.  I wasn't thinking of seeing it, but now I might bite the bullet.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 9 years ago

Jane  ~ it's a good time.. but again, I like more than just superficial entertainment.. and looking at Daniel Craig in those chaps and those blue eyes... it has all the action of today's movies plus several messages.. can't wait to see what you think!  So come back and share.   Thanks Jane.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

I was thinking about checking this movie out this week. Thanks for the review, I think I just may now :)

Posted by Dean Watkins (Douglas Reatly - Associate Broker, CDPE, HRC, ePro) about 9 years ago

Hi Carra,  My husband and I were just talking about this movie.  The title is so bizarre.  Who would have ever thought to combine cowboys and aliens.  We will have to check it out.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 9 years ago

Dean and Belinda... YEAH.. it is good so come back and let us know what you think and the messages you got!  It's entertainment with a message... and great actors! Thanks for the comments.



Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

 I have to admit the trailer had me going Star Wars Meets High Chaparral and shaking my head no way.  But my daughter and her husband saw it and reported it was worth a see.  So guess if I get a break this week I'll check it out.  Hey you can't go wrong with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig as eye candy (for us oldies) for a few hours.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 9 years ago

Carra:  On the surface, this just doesn't seem to be the type of movie that my wife and I typically like.  We're not into the sci-fi thing.  But given the stars involved in the film, we're definitely thinking of giving it a try.  Now that we've read your views ... that's even more so.  Thanks ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 9 years ago

Cindy... just take the time.. I am sure this week might be an "adjustment week" so take it as a gift and do some fun things for you!  You won't be sorry..I felt the same way about the trailer. 


Gene... I was thinking about the movie and the message some more and the relationship between Harrison Ford and his son in the movie.. kind of a dead beat alcoholic.. how many parents now have that issue.. and the story is how he works through it.. so maybe I read too much into things.. but I think these seasoned actors.. like in Larry Crowne are trying to send a message to the world through entertainment.. sometimes the critics don't see the message and just want the entertainment but that is my take.. can't wait to hear what you and Cindy and everyone thinks and if I got it right or wrong.. Call me tomrrow if you want and we can work on that video issue.. if you call on skype.. you can share your screen with me and I can show you were to get what you need... Have a great week! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

I wasn't going to see this movie based on the trailer - just tooo far out, but now I think I will give it a chance.  Thanks Carra!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 9 years ago

I put it in my Blockbuster queue simply because it has Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in it.

Happy Thursday!

Posted by Not a real person about 9 years ago

Cara ~  Love the name!  It is really worth the watch.. so think about the back story or the message with the family and the gold... it's really creative and a good way to get people to think if they go beyond the special effects.

Russel ~  It will be worth the wait.. you have a great Thursday too! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

Carra, We saw this movie last night and your review is right on target. I do love your reading your take on movies. You would make are wondeful movie critic!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 9 years ago

Margaret ~  You just made my day!  Thank you so much and you know it is great to have you come back and share!  My husband says.. You must get tired jumping to conclusions all the time... so sometimes I see things others might now.. glad to read you did too!  thanks Margaret!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago