Monday, December 20, 2010

Jonah Hex

Starring Josh Brolin, Will Forte, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich

Directed by Jimmy Hayward

Release Date: June 18th, 2010

In the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War, unrest and chaos rule the western lands of America. Soon, an old Conferderalist General (Malkovich) has returned and is planning a devastating attack on U.S. soil. It will be up to Jonah Hex (Brolin), infamous bounty hunter, to stop the General and save America.

During the theatrical run of Jonah Hex, many critics were largely negative of the movie and many called it one of 2010's worst movies. Now, I will say that the filim is not perfect and that there is a more faithful version to the comic version of Hex. For one, Megan Fox's performance is remarkably bad; she has no chemistry with Brolin and her facial expersions are either bored or looks trying to think too hard. Second, many fans may complain that this version of Jonah Hex is unfaithful to the comic due to the supernaturual powers he possesses in the film whereas in the comics he has no such abilities; I can see the complaints, but I had no problem with this addition to the character as it is integral to the story in the film. If fans would rather see a more faithful adaptation of Hex, see the DC Showcases animated short film starring the voice of Tom Jane. Despite these problems, the film is still a fun, enjoyable story with great performances from the cast (such as Brolin really gritting his teeth as Hex or Will Arnett in a small role as a US general), stunning cinemateography, and an interesting story about revenge and betrayal. However, the film is only 75 minutes and I hope that one day there will be a longer "Director's Cut" available for home video viewing.

Jonah Hex is a fun, western adventure with some minor complaints.
Rating: * * * * of 5

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