Movie: Jane Got A Gun (2016)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Writer: Brian Duffield, Anthony Tambakis, & Joel Edgerton
Cast: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook, Ewan McGregor
One-Line Plot Synopsis: A woman (Portman) recruits her ex (Edgerton) to help fight a band of outlaws (led by McGregor) from killing her husband (Emmerich).
As far as Westerns go, I think Jane Got A Gun was actually pretty serviceable for the genre. The majority of Westerns these days tend to be extremely slow paced but this movie didn't feel to be dragging its feet in that way. The first thing that is probably going to steer people away from this movie (if they don't have a previous aversion to Westerns in general) is the title. Jane Got A Gun is a shit title, no other way around it. I bet there person who named the movie this thought it was the cleverest thing to happen in the movie industry in the last 20 years. That's the type of title that I would put on a paper I wrote in my 10th grade composition class because I thought that titles like that were ingenious...news flash, they aren't.
Gavin O'Connor directed this one and also was at the helm of one of my absolute favorite movies of the last couple of years, Warrior. This movie isn't on the same level as Warrior by any means, but I'm going to be willing to give movies like this a chance. This is O'Connor's first crack at directing a Western and many of the actors first Western as well, but I think he handled himself alright considering this movie took a couple of years to finally get made.
Both Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton did well in their respective leading roles and had pretty good chemistry on screen.
Ewan McGregor's character as the lead villain was completely underdeveloped.
I continue to enjoy Joel Edgerton and he seems to be popping up every time I throw a movie on or watch a new trailer.
Every time that Noah Emmerich is in a movie, he makes that movie better.
Jane Got A Gun doesn't bring anything new or all that original or interesting to the table but it's a decent take on a Western movie filled out with a pretty good cast. Just don't expect to get blown away by this one.