The premise sounds so friggin’ goofy. It’s the kind of comic book that gets derided for, at the risk of stating the obvious, too comic book-y. It’s such a childish, fanboy concept that it seems better suited for a children’s film than a big budget, big star, big action flick.
Daniel Craig. Harrison Ford. Olivia Wilde. Sam Rockwell. Paul freaking Dano? CLANCY BROWN?! Directed by the man who made the world love Iron Man. How did these pieces come together, for fuck’s sake? All gathered into a picture about, well, cowboys who fight aliens. It reminds me of some of the sillier What If…? titles in Marvel’s catalogue. What if… Captain America Became President? What if… Wolverine Was Lord Of The Vampires? What If… Thor Battled Conan? (All actual titles, by the way)
What if… Cowboys Fought Aliens?
So yeah, goofy as shit. Here’s the trailer.
It’s pretty fucking great.
Now, here’s the thing. I don’t know if this will be a great movie, but damn if it isn’t a great trailer. You already know what the movie’s about. The plot literally is in the title. But… I love that there’s no voice over. I love that nothing is explained. They show almost nothing about the aliens… lights in the sky, a bit of a crashing ship, and Daniel Craig’s super-duper wrist rocket laser gizmo. It’s the rare trailer that doesn’t give much away, but piques your interest. And damn it, the movie looks good. Also? I feel like I’ve waited my whole life for Harrison Ford to play a bad guy.
Cowboys and Aliens. Sheesh.