August 3rd, 2011
|05:19 pm - in praise of cowboys and Harrison Ford|
Coming out of Cowboys and Aliens today, I was a little giddy. Dizzy. Happy. (Driving home, I actually forgot for a moment that oh, right, I have to shift gears to make the car move. I'm lucky I didn't lose my transmission.)
This foolishness can be attributed to two things: the ineffable Western elements of Cowboys and Aliens; and, in a sea of delicious testosterone, from Daniel Craig to Adam Beach to a perfectly weathered Keith Carradine, there was the rock that is Harrison Ford.
Part the First, re Western: there is a moment where Daniel Craig with [redacted] walks through a field of still-blooming ocotillos, and I damn near cried. It's about the land, and the smallness of humans in the immensity of a desert, and the beauty in stark silhouettes and subtle colors. It's about the paradox of human community, the fragility and the perseverance in the ways people connect. It's horses, and dogs, and the weathering of all things and all people. It's about boots in the dust, boots on the rocks.
I'd have been happier, I think, if the movie had just been Cowboys and Other People. But I got a hit of the West, and I was overjoyed.
Part the Second: Freixenet and I were discussing before the film, and by 'discussing' I mean 'lamenting,' that a certain kind of masculinity has seemed to pass away from films. (I had re-watched the force of nature that was Dennis Quaid in The Big Easy last week, which prompted my complaint.) Where were the charismatic grown-ups? You know, the quirky but confident, somewhat fucked-up but functioning, competent men, the guys who were at home in their bodies and could manage themselves in the world.
You know. Like Harrison Ford. Harrison Freakin' Ford.
I had Netflixed Morning Glory and watched it last night, wherein he had nothing to work with, no real story to play. (This problem extended to the Rachel McAdams main character, however, and was a larger problem with the script.) He had a couple of good moments as a cantankerous journalist slumming in morning TV, but... he was too big for the room, to be honest.
Cowboys and Aliens, tweaking Western archetypes* as it did, gave him the whole West to live in, and he filled it. Damn. Harrison Freakin' Ford not only still has it, he apparently has half of male Hollywood's 'it'. (Daniel Craig held his own. ;-)) (EDITED TO ADD A VISUAL AID: this is what I'm talking about. Yep.)
*One woman's archetype is another person's stereotype, of course.
Whether you can overlook the plot-holes and silliness of Cowboys and Aliens or not, I wish you the kinds of characters you love in your big-screen, small-screen, or paper adventures. And I wish you Harrison Ford. :-)
|Date:||August 3rd, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm glad it hit the spot:)
More than, L. More than hit the spot. ;-)
Hugs and a fab Thursday ahead!
|Date:||August 3rd, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)|| |
Husband also enjoyed C&A, but not, I think, for the same reasons.
Speaking of charismatic grown-ups, do you know Silverado? It's one of my all-time favorite films.
I can imagine that your husband did find other things to admire in the film, yes. :-)
And I DO indeed know Silverado, which has deliciousness of its own!
Hugs and a fab Wednesday-into-Thursday, A.
|Date:||August 3rd, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)|| |
Harrison Ford and I go way, way back :) He is one of the few actors left who have true star quality.
he was too big for the room, to be honest.
Yes, I saw that film and I know what you mean. It should have been a romcom but he's too old to do that and it not be icky so the film wasn't quite sure what it was trying to do.
I can't wait to see "Cowboys and Aliens" and I second the recommendation for "Silverado" if you haven't seen it. No Harrison, but lots of other Western goodness.
I have the same kind of long-term relationship with Mr Ford, yes. And with Silverado. :-)
Re the romcom problem with Morning Glory: I'd actually thought that he'd be paired with Diane Keaton, but her role was horrifically underwritten, and... yeah, it didn't work.
Hugs and a fab Thursday, K!
I swooned, C. I honestly swooned. ;-)
A good Wednesday into Thursday for you!
Harrison Bad Ass MF Ford. Because...DAMN.
:still fanning self:
Seriously, I feel as though we spent the afternoon drinking -- I'm still giddy. ;-)
(And Daniel Craig in chaps! What, I mean, WHAT HO THERE.)
And also, I have now spent over an hour trying to find a still shot of that OMG scene in the close, with Ford, Carradine, and the dog against the saloon wall. No luck so far, but that will be my new wallpaper. Yes. It will.
What a fine, fine, fine wallpaper that will be. Because, DAMN.
Happy Wednesday into Thursday, F! Happy thoughts of cowboys!
Where were the charismatic grown-ups?
My first thought was (of course): they're on soap operas! :-) They're not on the big screen very much these days, though...
Glad you enjoyed the film!!
You're right that television is the home of grown-up characters, yes! If not necessarily just soap operas. ;-)
Hugs and a happy Wednesday to Thursday, Gwynne!
Daniel Craig channels Steve McQueen for me, but true, that Dennis Quaid in Big Easy guy is hard to find, these days. Which makes me wonder if media is reflecting real life---if so, so sad for the girls. On the other hand, I spend my Chicago summers in a neighborhood of the young, and hope some of these guys act as fine as they look. Act in the sense of behave, not perform. Not just biceps, though I do appreciate summer for that--it's the attitude they project. If I were their age, I'd want to get to know them. But I don't see them on screen, big or little, very often.
But Daniel Craig--yeah.
Daniel Craig references Clint Eastwood in this film, I'd say! ;-)
Which makes me wonder if media is reflecting real life -- that's an interesting point to ponder. The young men I know aren't entirely likely to be reflected in media.
But really, I think that in many ways, I'm just old; I wonder the kind of grown-up characters I like aren't as attractive to younger women. ;-)
Cheers and a lovely middle of the week!
It's been actual years since I went to the movies, but I may have to go for this one.
It's worth something to see Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig together on the big screen. It's worth a lot. :-)
(Mind you, the aliens storyline is not entirely... fresh. But I loved everything else so much that I didn't care.)
Hugs hugs, S, and a good evening!
I've got another two weeks to wait for Cowboys and Aliens :-(
On the other hand Sons of Anarchy is back on UK TV, and I've got three episodes to catch up with. Plus, you know, it's time I edited Matthew and Cynthia's story. Matthew is a fun bloke to write.
Don't go to see Cowboys and Aliens for the plot, but its incidental pleasures.... :-)
Hurrah for your good things! Happy Thursday!
It's all about Mr Harrison Freakin' Ford. :-)
Hugs and a cheerful Thursday, C!
Can't wait to see this. Hopefully it'll even be in a movie theater and not just at my house :)
It does have a lot of Big Dumb Summer Movie elements, which were less pleasing -- but oh, the eye-candy (and fine, fine acting). :-))
Hugs and a good Thursday!
I'll take your first response, L. ;-)
Hugs and cheers for your rest of the week!
Oh, good! I was so hopping it was going to be That Kind of movie. Having seen the trailers, i now there will be far too many special effects, but I do love me some grown-up laconic cowboys.
[e.g. Eric Fleming in "Rawhide", who taught Clint how it's done.]
Heeee. Happy trails, ALH, and hugs. :-)
I know what you mean. At the moment I'm finding my 'charismatic grown-ups' in the form of an orgy of Robert De Niro (always good, however dire the film) and Dustin Hoffman films, from all stages of their careers. So glad Cowboys and Aliens gave you gear-stripping pleasure. Um, that didn't come out quite right, but you know what I mean. ;-) I feel much more inclined to watch the movie now!
Let me first note that a lot of people, not dizzied by HF or Daniel Craig, have raised v. good objections to Cowboys and Aliens. What can I say, I'm shallow. ;-)
Hurrah for you finding your joy! [hugs]