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The promised "Cowboys and Aliens" rant

Cowboys and Aliens rant.

It goes on, and on, and on. Probably too far on, but I really wanted that movie to be something I loved, and the love betrayed...well.

I remember now what it's like to write English papers.

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scarlettina
Aug. 5th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
What, two hours of Daniel Craig's magnificent physique wasn't enough for you?

::heh::

Good rant. No, excellent rant. Thank you.
oracne
Aug. 5th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Maybe if they'd left out the rest of the cowboys. And the aliens.
barbarienne
Aug. 5th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
You and I had exactly the same reaction. And I think it sums up as that old saw, "Show, don't tell."

We get character sketches. "Dolarhyde was a military man, and runs his ranch like a brutal, jaded soldier. He has a son who he doesn't like but feels obligated to, and a foster son who he doesn't care about and barely feels obligated to."

That's it. There's no nuance. We are not shown any shades of this, any larger implications, any effects or feelings about it. There's lots of talk about relationships, but zero chemistry between any characters. There's lots of talk of character change, but no depth of feeling.
oracne
Aug. 5th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
YES. You've put your finger on a major problem I was having a hard time articulating.
barbarienne
Aug. 5th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Its a simulacrum of a story. A very pretty golem.
jenwrites
Aug. 6th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
I just went in to watch shit blow up, and came away satisfied. With a title like that, I figured it would be another "Snakes on a Plane," only with cowboys and aliens.
oracne
Aug. 8th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
"Snakes on a Plane" totally rocked.
jenwrites
Aug. 8th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
I, too, am a fan. It probably helps that I saw it opening night, drunk.
oracne
Aug. 9th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
I saw it not-drunk, and it was the first time I'd ever been happy to see an animal killed in a movie. Not the snake, the yappy dog.
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