August 06, 2011

All The Cool Kids are Doing It

So... it's Saturday, we all did yardwork this morning (we live on one acre, lush, in FL... blech), it's hot, my eldest is with friends for a week in NC, and my younger two wanted to see Cowboys and Aliens.


And so my husband and I acquiesced because it's hot, we're tired, it was a matinee and my eldest saw it and said HE enjoyed it.

I'm thinking, 'Hokey name. Seriously. BUT, it has Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig so really, how bad can it be?"

Being of the female persuasion, I figured it was just worth it to see the two of them.

'specially Daniel Craig.

The boys really liked it. It's plenty of shoot 'em up stuff, there are aliens, and I guess just about anything that drives testosterone, including the obligatory woman with long hair, longing eyes, and a bare back shot.

It was just a summer movie. I'm not saying it was bad. I just... wouldn't get it on DVD. I'd probably have sent their father to see it alone with them. After all, it's not like Daniel Craig was in the buff. Please.

But this is what is running through my head... what in the world possessed Harrison Ford and/or Daniel Craig to do this movie?

What part of the pitch, "OK, so this is what we thought we'd do. Instead of Aliens attacking us in the year 2011, everyone does that, we'll have them attack during the Cowboy time, maybe mid 1800s, and then... maybe we'll have the Indians and Cowboys BOTH fight off the Aliens..." ......what part of that intrigued them? What part of that pitch did they think, "Dang! You're right! It's not been done before, so let ME do it first! Woot!"

Was it a lack of cash? The need/want to be able to say, "I've been in a movie with Aliens?"

Which brings me to Liam Neeson. WTF? I saw a preview for Battleship.

It starts with some blonde with a body that will stop a clock, wearing Daisy Duke's, straddling some young guy (they're probably both famous, but I wouldn't know) talking about marriage, next thing you know, you realize the guy is in the military and the blonde surfer bimbo type is the CO's daughter. And the CO is Liam Neeson. And if it's not bad enough that you realize that Liam has signed up for some cheesy military movie with love story undertones... the frickin' Battleship gets attacked by Aliens.

WHAT part of that pitch did Mr. Neeson say, "Oh absolutely. I CANNOT possibly pass on doing this movie"? Really. What was the catalyst there. The dialogue? The great actors he was going to work with? The ability to say he'd done an alien movie?

I'm just... shaking my head. Good grief.

Posted by Boudicca at August 6, 2011 04:12 PM

We saw it yesterday, and I was thinking the same thing! And especially about Liam Neeson. I did like all the visual references throughout the movie though...

Posted by: caltechgirl at August 6, 2011 06:23 PM

You know... there were some EXCELLENT visual references. :)

I wonder if when actors do movies like this, it's like their jumping the shark. And like I said, it was not a bad movie... just kind of ridiculous.

Posted by: Bou at August 6, 2011 08:09 PM

I think it's a guy thing.

I wanna hear a guy explain why an actor would choose these roles.

Posted by: Roses at August 6, 2011 10:23 PM


1. It's got Thirteen (Olivia Wilde)

2. It's got cowboys.

3. It's got aliens.

4. It's got cowboys fighting the aliens.

5. It's got explosions.

6. It's got Thirteen (Olivia Wilde)

7. It's got funny moments.

8. It's got Thirteen (Olivia Wilde)

9. It's got lasers.

10. It's got Thirteen (Olivia Wilde)

I think the only way you'd understand why two great actors would agree to do such a movie (and why men like it) is if you're a guy. This is the kind of movie that most women just won't understand the appeal of.

It's sort of like how most men can't understand the appeal of true chick flicks.

Posted by: Andrew Phule at August 6, 2011 10:41 PM

I think 1, 6. 8, and 10 have a lot to do with it. :) And lasers. I forgot about the lasers. She is VERY VERY pretty. I like her more than Megan Fox. Megan comes across as such a whore...

Posted by: Bou at August 7, 2011 07:39 AM

I think it had a lot to do with the paycheck.

Posted by: AC at August 7, 2011 09:01 AM