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Jason Wallis Western, science fiction merge in ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011 7:52 am

See, I told you things were looking up for the summer movie season. This weekend sees the debut of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” which is garnering some very favorable early reviews (I’ll have a look next week), and I hear that “Captain America: First Avenger” is an increasingly rare example of a superhero flick done right. (I was supposed to do a dual review this week to include it, but life intervened. Assume that you have my blessing to see it.)

It even seems like the bad movies haven’t been nearly as atrocious as they were toward the beginning of the season, as evidenced by “Cowboys & Aliens,” the subject of this week’s review. It’s been dragged through the mud by the critics, who are intent on painting it as an epic failure primarily due to some perceived gaps in logic. But it seems to me that the film operates with its own kind of internal logic, with no more genuine plot holes than your average would-be summer blockbuster (i.e. the allegedly intelligent and resourceful heroes ignore prime opportunities to immobilize the bad guys; characters avoid injury or death despite being exposed to electrified water, etc. — nothing too maddening or out of the ordinary). But I guess haters gonna hate.

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