There are many reasons I wish I had a deeper knowledge of comics, though honestly the most prevalent reason is I hate having to rely on Wikipedia to learn what one is about whenever one pops up into the film world. Most of the time it's not a big deal as the Internet will provide all the info I need to at least understand what a comic's premise is, but the Internet has failed me in regards to the graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens. A mere two sentences on the plot at Wikipedia has repeatedly left me in the lurch whenever Jon Favreau's forthcoming adaptation of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg's series has come up in the past.

Now, thanks to Joblo, we have a far more detailed synopsis for the Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde-starring film:

"1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival."

Sounds pretty promising if you ask me, though I think the sci-fi/western hybrid has yet to be mastered for the big screen. I haven't fallen in love with either Iron Man film, I do think Favreau has an absurd amount of talent; he just needs script with better pacing. With four screenwriters (two Star Trekkers and two Iron Man scribes) working on the adaptation, I'd like to think Cowboys & Aliens will deliver just that.
categories Movies, Sci-Fi