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Little Meg’s Review of ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig & Olivia Wilde in "Cowboys & Aliens"
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Wow! I just almost pulled an all-nighter! Caught the midnight showing of “Cowboys & Aliens” and boy what a wild, wild west ride!  I have to admit, when I first saw the preview months ago, I thought it looked ridiculous and stupid. I like Sci-Fi and really enjoyed Firefly, which I drew similarities to, but there’s a fine line between diplomatically keeping an open-dialogue with alien lifeforms courtesy of Cpt. Jean-Luc Picard & just plain ol’ unbelievable stunts–like jumping from a horse onto a space ship.  Which just so happens to take place in “Cowboys & Aliens” but that scene, and one other part were the only eye-rolling, puh-leeze parts of the movie.  The rest was action-packed, thrilling, ass-kicking greatness!  Go Cowboys!  I gave a heads-up to my fellow NIN movie-goer’s, Joe Cayden, Dave Diamond and Aaron Galloway, that I might let out a “yee-haw” inspired by my headgear. That was THEIR eye-rolling moment : )

Olivia Wilde in "Cowboys & Aliens"
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Daniel Craig did great as the amnesiac, butt-whoopin’ hero. He used those James Bond moves well for this role. AND kept the six-pack! : ) Olivia Wilde is just gorgeous!  Besides the much-talked-about nude scene (don’t worry parents, no need for a quick put-your-hand-up-over-the-kiddo’s-eyes), she was covered up period-piece nicely.  If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s skanking up an already hot actress like they’re about to hit Toby’s on Halloween as a Sexy [pirate, nurse, small-breasted pioneer woman, etc].  We know she’s thin & gorgeous AND a total badass which was highlighted and much appreciated by this female movie-watcher!  I was a little nervous about Harrison Ford’s character as the evil, head-honcho of the town who plays coddling father to Paul Dano (freaky kid/man from “There Will Be Blood”). But of course, you can’t stay mad at Indie for long!  Love me some Harrison Ford!

Harrison Ford in "Cowboys & Aliens"
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I cheered, laughed (more than I expected), & held my breath for a great evening (or early morning I should say!) of entertainment.

Parents, C & A is rated PG-13 and besides the Olivia Wilde scene, there IS a sizeable amount of cursing so you may wanna keep those innocent ears at home.  And thank you, thank you, thank you to the gentleman who hoofed his infant baby-in-a-bassinet into the row in front of us–I don’t know if you drugged that kid or if he’s just naturally quiet, but I heard not one peep from that little one!  Yay for quiet babies!

Oh, and SPOILER ALERT for any animal lovers out there….the

Noah Ringer in "Cowboys & Aliens"
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dog LIVES!!  Although if he hadn’t barked so much, little Emmett (played super cute by Dallas native, Noah Ringer–keep your eye on this kid!) could’ve avoided a certain situation.  For some reason I can watch people getting knocked off right & left but if the ONE freaking dog in the movie gets hurt or worse, I’m a basketcase.

One more thing: the price of admission is worth it just to see all the awesome movies coming up this fall & winter!  OMG I am pumped for the new Mission Impossible which looks freaking amazing–yes, I still love Tom Cruise AND as an added Little Meg bonus, co-starring my actor-love Jeremy Renner; Justin Timberlake in In Time; and Tower Heist with an all-star cast–Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck.

Cowboys & Aliens @ Cinemark Parker Square 14: A-

 

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