Movie: Jane Got A Gun
Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) is a frontier woman with true grit. Her husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) has been shot full of lead, and is hovering near death in their house out in the middle of nowhere. It is 1871, and lawmen are few and far away for the most part. Jane goes to Lullary, a place that passes as the nearest town, but is pretty much a dung heap. The only commerce in this town is a general store, a saloon, and a whorehouse. The town is infested with an outlaw gang known as the Bishop Boys, a collection of miscreants ruled by John Bishop (Ewan McGregor). Bishop has an unhealthy interest in Jane, going back seven years earlier when Jane was a young widowed woman trying to make her way out west on a wagon train with her young daughter. After some unpleasantness, Jane eventually hooked up with Bill Hammond, a former associate of John Bishop. Jane is at her wit’s end as to how to survive on her own, and seeks out former beau Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton), who is nursing ill feelings towards the woman he feels cast him aside for another man.
This is an interesting movie. For one thing, it is a western movie, a genre that has pretty much died out except for the occasional made for TV horse oater. The last great western in the theater was Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven way back in 1992, so it is worth going to see Jane just for the thrill of seeing very bad guys trying their best to triumph over the good guys. And yes, there is gunplay going on. In the old west, justice was often at the end of a gun. There is decent acting here from stars Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor of Star Wars fame, and Joel Edgerton, recently of the major film Exodus: Gods and Kings. So go see this film for the change of pace of watching an honest to goodness western while you munch on popcorn.
Dialogue Nuggets: Jane – “I don’t need a doctor, I need a gunslinger!”
Dan to Jane – “I rode halfway across the country looking for you.”
Dan to Bill – “You’re fixing to make a very big jump, my friend. Straight to perdition.”
Bishop – “I may be an outlaw, but I don’t kill little children.”
Dan – “I’m busy digging…probably our graves.”