Daily Archives: July 31, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens ….and God?

A movie review provided by this bewildered movie buff.

I like movies. I watch a lot of them AND I’m also pretty observant so I am not blind to the obvious bias Hollywood and  the media have against conservatism and, especially, Christians. If there’s a Christian in a movie, he or she is usually at least mentally off, the “really” bad guy, or the idiot.

When the preacher-man first made his appearance in Cowboys and Aliens, my first thought was, “Oh, great. Here they go again. This one is the nutcase of the town. He’s probably a mass murderer or the town drunk. Whatever he is, he definitely will not be a good guy.”  Not only is he a good guy, he’s one of the wisest in town, a man of integrity and all-around nice guy. Not only that, the preacher tells the saloon owner that he needs to have faith to which he, Doc, replies, “”God ain’t done much for me.” Now, I know this isn’t exactly doctrinally  sound but it’s not “too” far off base, but the preacher says, “You can’t expect God to do everything. You gotta earn His presence. Then you gotta recognize it, then you gotta act on it.”

Also heard in this flick:

  • “God don’t care who you were, son. Only who you are.”
  • “If there’s such a thing as a soul, this man had a good one. … Please protect it.”
  • “She’s in a better place.”
  •  “Whether you end up in heaven or hell, it’s not God’s plan, it’s your own.”

The movie also includes self-sacrifice, overcoming bigotry, and a boatload of courage. This is by no means a family-friendly, Christian movie (although some parents thought it not a problem to bring their toddlers to the 10 o’clock showing. Good grief).  There’s some language, immodesty, and a whole heck of a lot of violence (a.k.a “action-packed” which is why I chose that movie!) but I didn’t leave thinking, “What did I ever do to them?!” I won’t spoil the movie for you but if you want to know exactly what is in this flick or any other, you can go to Plugged In. Warning – this site tells you what you’re looking for but is a “spoiler site.”  Cowboys and Aliens has some creepy-looking and quite original creatures, ships and I really want a bracelet like that!! Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig went above and beyond to bring life to their characters. I thought the whole cast did an amazing job at making this ridiculous scenario believable for the duration of the movie. It’s well-made and if you can get past that it’s yet, another,  “aliens are here” movie, this is fantastic storytelling! The Cowboys and Aliens site is pretty impressive, too,  and worth a visit.

There ya have it! My movie review.  Enjoy!

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