I watched Cowboys and Aliens
Not a bad movie really, and a nice concept.
However, afterwards the premise left me somewhat uneasy.
It took an invasion by violent aliens to bring together outlaws, a racist and grumpy cattle baron and his useless jerk of a son (getting kidnapped by
aliens was the best thing that ever happened to that boy), hunted and renegade Native Americans, and a good alien in a female's body who forms the
love interest of the macho protagonist, but which might actually look like Boy George with tentacles in its true form.
To crown it all the good alien resurrects at the most embarrassing and inopportune moment, when it (she?) walks starkers out of a fire, like some Lady
Godiva during a colonial altercation, which might have ended with much scalping without aliens.
In a roundabout way then the aliens are the "good guys" - they bring everyone together (except black people, who conspicuously don't feature in this
version of the West).
Afterwards they all seem like better people.
The criminal is forgiven, and the nerdy bartender learnt how to shoot and not to take any crap.
The kid got to stab an alien.
The robber who got his tooth knocked out for no reason is happily sipping whiskey, and the guy who was needlessly tortured by the rancher is probably
still being dragged across the prairie by a horse with no name.
The Apaches ... well, it's not explained.
I'm not sure there's a "happy ever after" ending for them.
Clearly aliens can bring people together. That seems to be a message.
Maybe the next installment could be set in the Middle East and titled: Settlers and Aliens
When the alien arises as a naked woman from the flames they will all walk away disgusted.
That's a bit frivolous, but surely so is the film in any moral sense.
Will we unite under an alien invasion (as President Reagan once suggested), or are we too hopelessly divided already?
Or will such an encounter divide us further?
Are such films perhaps training us subconsciously to unite in collective pacifism in the face of a feigned alien invasion?
edit on 26-8-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)