Friends, internetcountrypeople, thank goodness for Native American characters. Without Native American characters, the plot of Cowboys & Aliens would have completely collapsed.
Without Native American characters, who would have given Daniel Craig a magic drink to bring back his memory of where the aliens’ ship was?
Without a Native American character, who would have given a testimonial about the good heart hidden within Harrison Ford‘s racist, hateful, torturing, arrogant, oppressive rich bastard character who fucks with anyone who crosses his path? He “adopted” an orphaned Injun boy and treated him like a servant for years, he can’t be all bad!
Without Native American characters, who would have comforted Harrison Ford when his servant sacrificed his life to save his master? Who would have then decided to follow Ford into battle, affirming his true role as a military leader?
And thank goodness for women of color, as well! They get kidnapped so their husbands are motivated to go save them! Okay, so, one woman of color (Ana de la Reguera). She did get some lines, though… doesn’t that make it better?
I almost couldn’t write a review of this film on Heroine Content because of the distinct lack of female ass-kicking, but then Olivia Wilde jumped one time. And she hit Daniel Craig on the head from behind with the butt of a pistol, so I guess that counts. Beyond that, though, this film offers less than nothing. Unless you like to hear women who may have previously done sex work referred to repeatedly as whores.
This post was originally published on Heroine Content, a feminist and anti-racist movie blog that ran from July 2006 to May 2012.