Director John Favreau goes nuts, taking two genres (Westerns and alien-invasion films) and mashing them together. Somehow, he gets the crazy thing to work. It doesn’t hurt that Favreau populated the cast with one major talent after another. In what is surely one of the year’s greater casts, the film features Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano and Keith Carradine. It also helps that Favreau proves to be adept at both genres. The movie is a strong, fine-looking Western, and the invading aliens are dark, hostile and effectively scary creations. All in all, this film is as good as it is strange, and a welcome change of pace in a summer rife with superhero epics and sex comedies. It lags a bit in parts, but Craig and Ford make it worthwhile.