Nix’s 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2011

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Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys + aliens = fun! It should be, yeah, but director Jon Favreau doesn’t quite seem to know if he wants to make a campy action-adventure movie or a gritty Western that, for some reason, aliens show up in. I have no problems with genre mashing, but “Cowboys and Aliens” just never really clicks. Of course, it could just be the ludicrous nature of watching guys with six-shooters battling CGI aliens, and doing it with a serious face, that threw me off. The biggest disappointment with “Cowboys and Aliens” is just what a good Western it could have been. Casting a solid, but very dour hero in Daniel Craig lends itself to a serious Western, but not one where there are aliens flying around in ships. Definitely the biggest misfire of the year, and ultimately one of the more ill-conceived “high concept” films in a long time.

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