Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

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Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde in this sci-fi western that does exactly what it says on the tin.

A failed blockbuster that has a lot going for it. Favreau tells it all in confident broad strokes, so that the cowboys stuff is pretty convincing and grittily epic. Well cast too. Ford is grouchily effective while Craig stretches nicely out into his leading man status. It could easily be 30 minutes shorter and while the FX laden set pieces are persuasive enough, they actually detract from the pure decent Wild Western you get the feeling everyone wishes they were making at this impressive scale.

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