Something for everyone in 'Crazy, Stupid, Love;' not so much in 'Cowboys & Aliens'

U-News Staff

Crazy, Supdid, Love
Crazy, Supdid, Love is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and written by Dan Fogelman.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

I’m not one for romantic comedies, but “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is a smart, witty, charming movie.

Steve Carrell never fails to impress with his acting chops, and now, alongside other contemporary top talents in Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, he holds his own and creates chemistry in the film that just pours off the screen.

The plot seems, at first, pretty straightforward, but then takes a few dips and turns, until the movie comes together beautifully in the last act.

The story feels like a British farce on stage, with one thing after another going horribly awry, but then exploding into a storm of chaos that breeds a kind of calm and serenity afterwards.

Carrell plays a man who has been married for almost 30 years, and his wife, played by Julianne Moore, tells him she wants a divorce, and that she’s been sleeping with another man.  Carrell then goes on a mission, with the help of Jacob, played by Ryan Gosling, to find his manhood.

Craziness ensues.

The movie is charming and heartfelt, without being sappy and cliché.  The characters in the movie are all full, interesting, and lovable characters that the directors, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, manage to keep interesting and lovable throughout.

It’s funny, entertaining, and in a summer full of big budget special effects and high-concept action, this movie is a gem that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Cowboys & Aliens
Cowboys & Aliens is directed by Jon Favreau and is written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby.

Cowboys & Aliens

One of the final entries into the summer action popcorn flicks, “Cowboys & Aliens” manages to do what it sets out to do, but not very well.

In a summer full of entertaining distractions like “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Cowboys & Aliens” is an over-the-top, genre-bending conceptual film that sets out to put the old alien-invasion story into the old west, and do it in a cinematic, action-packed way.

To put it bluntly, the movie needed more awesome.

With the concept of aliens fighting cowboys, and putting two powerhouse stars into the film with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, the movie serves to entertain, but doesn’t live up to its over-the-top concept.

The special effects are good, the action is good, albeit understated, and the acting is solid throughout.

Craig takes on the role of the “man with no name” in this film, who, of course, figures out who he is, and why he’s got an alien gizmo attached to his wrist.  While Craig is good in the movie, he never really manages to transcend from a decent, hard-nosed cowboy, to supreme action hero.

The action throughout the film aims to be grandiose, but never manages to feel like it’s quite the level of a fist-pumping, stand-up-and-cheer, summer action film.

The movie does entertain with a solid story, good acting, and great effects, but with other high concept action movies in theaters at the same time, this one just fails to impress.