Space Cowboys (2000)
This senior citizen adventure functions
as a swan-song for four fine aging actors as well as for the four
characters embodied by them. Eastwood, Jones, Sutherland and Garner
aren't acting as much as they are performing an epitome of their
respective careers, but it's carried out with such joy, thankfulness and
honesty that it works as an incredible inspiration for the entire movie.
Although Space Cowboys is essentially a space-action movie, it is
clearly a Clint Eastwood-version of that. Without subjecting to
emotional outburst, Eastwood has an efficient way of portraying human
relations on film, and he delivers again with this movie. Sure, there is
a fair share of quite predictable and trivial stuff here (especially in
the dialogue, and particularly with the Cromwell and Devane characters), but then again that is how the "bad guys"
used to be when these four actors "grew up" in front of the
camera. What is not to be undermined, however, is that this is actually
both a thoughtful drama and a clever sci-fi (even if the cold war
politics seem a bit too resilient). Of the four leads, only James Garner
seem a bit weary, but then again he is the senior in the group.
Sutherland and Jones both shine and are clearly having a great time. And
so are we.