The first trailer for director Jon Favreau’s sci-fi Western (and graphic novel adaptation) “Cowboys & Aliens” has arrived in all it’s gunslinging, extraterrestrial-battling glory. And, in addition to some seriously awesome spectacle, an ingeniously simple premise and a reliably badass Daniel Craig, the thing about this trailer that’s got us all juiced up is Harrison Ford’s sneering presence as a not-so-nice cowboy.
Craig stars as Jake Lonergan, a cowboy with no memory of who he is or why he’s got some big-ass electronic device strapped to one wrist (though it does come in handy when the titular aliens attack). Ford plays Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde, the despotic leader of a town called Absolution, who wants to make Lonergan dead in a bad way… that is, until those pesky E.T.’s invade and he needs Longergan (and his sweet alien-zapping wristband) to help protect his people.
The trailer doesn’t feature a whole lot of Ford — it is a teaser, after all — but it’s great to see the actor in a role that plays to his action-hero strengths without casting him as yet another iteration of Han/Indy. To be honest, it could be exactly what Ford needs to get his big-screen mojo back before that rumored fifth big-screen go-around as Dr. Jones comes to fruition.
Sure, 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” made close to $800 mil worldwide, but the nostalgia factor and the character were the big draw there. Before that, Ford hadn’t headlined a hit since 2000’s “What Lies Beneath,” and his recent efforts like this year’s “Extraordinary Measures” and “Morning Glory” have barely registered a blip on the box-office radar.
“Extraordinary Measures” was too earnest and movie-of-the-week-ish to reach a wide audience, while “Morning Glory” likely came off as too cutesy for Ford’s testosterone-fueled fan base.
“Cowboys & Aliens,” however, sure seems to hit all the right notes. Moviegoers eat up alien-invasion flicks, and the fact that this one is directed by hot-handed “Iron Man” helmer Jon Favreau should only add to its mass appeal. More importantly, Craig and Ford look to be an on-screen dream duo. When you think about it, Craig is basically a younger version of Ford — a guy who oozes roguish charm, knows his way around an action scene and can dispense a flippant one-liner like a champ… so the potential for some acting fireworks between these two is off the charts.
In our humble opinion, the future of Ford’s career could be teaming up with guys whose masculinity quotient is just about on par with his, rather than trying to carry films on his own shoulders. In other words, “Cowboys & Aliens” might be just what Dr. Jones’s career ordered.
What do you think of the trailer? Do you think this movie will launch a comeback for Harrison Ford? Tell us in the comments!