Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Movie Review: Jane Got a Gun
This movie is awful, boring, and emotionless with no redeeming qualities. Natalie Portman's vanity project that she produced turns into a slow, grueling Western that took an effort to sit through. I was surprised that this movie turned out so terrible because it has all the makings of what could be an award-winning movie, great actors, a story with potential, and a solid genre.
The worst part was the waste of the solid actors. Portman's accent was terrible and even the big emotional moment fell flat. Joel Edgerton tries to make the best of a bad situation. Usually Edgerton will steal the show like he did in Black Mass and his directorial debut, The Gift. The worst part is that the feminist aspect of this film is completely lost because the lovelorn Dan Frost takes over for the titular Jane with most of the shooting, which isn't much.
Ewan Gregor plays John Bishop but for some reason IMDB got that wrong as if they didn't have enough time to pay attention to this sickeningly dull film to get it right. The villain was interesting but there is absolutely no payoff. Even the vicious Vic played by Narcos star Boyd Holbrook doesn't have a cool bad guy death. Noah Emmerich also has a small part. He hasn't been able to cross over from television to movies very well.
I only sat through this movie hoping there would be an awesome payoff of a cool Western shootout but no, they couldn't deliver on that. Instead they tired to tell a story with flashbacks and pull of some obvious twist. There was a reason this movie was dumped off in the throwaway month of February. This movie also reflects some of the worst parts of Hollywood with no people of color on screen at all and a complete lack of context to America's spread west. I hate writing bad reviews but this movie is a complete waste of time and money!