If you’re looking for a fun and creative summer flick, then look no further than Cowboys & Aliens. The trio of Steven Spielberg (executive producer), Ron Howard (producer), and Jon Favreau (director) have produced a film that is truly enjoyable from start to finish. While the script is admittedly flimsy, and the storylines are bit cheesy, the movie succeeds on the sheer novelty of watching unusual foes of cowboys and aliens go at in battle.

The film begins with a character played by Daniel Craig waking up in the middle of a Wild West prairie, having no idea who he is or how he got there. He appears to have some kind of alien bracelet attached his wrist and a stab wound on his stomach. He soon learns that he’s Jake Lonergan, an outlaw with spectacular fighting skills and an arrest warrant in his name.

In the nearest town, Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano) the son of wealthy Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) acts like a spoiled brat and brazenly shoots his gun for fun. Jake uses his superior fighting ability to subdue Percy, but not before the kid accidently shoots a deputy. Percy is arrested and so is Jake for his previous crimes.

The two are set to be transported to federal prison when the elder Colonel Dolarhyde steps in tries and get his son freed. Before any resolution is reached, aliens attack and abduct several townspeople in the process. Jake’s alien bracelet, which turns into some kind of plasma gun, is the only thing that ends the attack.

From there, Jake joins forces with Colonel Dolarhyde and several other townsfolk in an attempt to chase down the aliens and rescue the people who were captured. The group includes a mysterious and knowledgeable woman named Ella (played by the always enchanting Olivia Wilde), a local saloon owner (Sam Rockwell), and curious young boy (Noah Ringer). The crew has several skirmishes with aliens along the way and, they engage in the typical Wild West encounters with outlaws and Native Americans, while Jake tries to get his memory back.

There’s no particularly memorable performance in Cowboys & Aliens. Craig may be the lead protagonist, but his character is a man of few words, and he’s essentially a quiet kick-ass cowboy. Playing a disgruntled ex-colonel, Ford is the best actor in the film, but his skills aren’t really needed for this popcorn flick. Wilde is quite stunning in her role as she’s just in the early stages of what figures to be a solid run of appearances in blockbuster films (her most recent film being Tron: Legacy and the next one being The Change-Up which comes out next week).

Similarly, the script of Cowboys & Aliens contains no memorable lines, and the side plots outside of the alien fights are cheesy at best. What does work in this film is what the title suggests – cowboys and aliens. Watching old-fashioned Wild West gunmen do battle with technologically-advanced disgusting and slimy aliens is extremely entertaining. And the action moves at a pace that is easy to absorb.

Better known for his acting roles, Favreau has proven to be quite a capable action film director, having done both Iron Man films. Despite the previously noted flimsiness and cheesiness of the script, Favreau manages to employ a warmth and heart to Cowboys & Aliens that keeps you vested in the outcome.

With the bar for action films constantly rising, Cowboys & Aliens goes with an unusual group of foes and strikes a chord with audiences. It’s a summer flick that you will enjoy.