Dec 16, 2010

Jonah Hex Review

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Jonah Hex and Quentin Turnbull have a long history of bad blood. Both fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War but Hex switched sides and killed Turnbull's son Jeb. Turnbull got his revenge by killing Hex's family in a fire, then scaring Hex's face with his initials on a branding iron. Hex was left for dead by Turnbull until some Native Americans found him and instilled him with some mystical powers to be hard to kill (no necessarily immortal) and the ability to talk to the dead. Hex was ready to get his revenge on Turnbull but he just happened to die in a fire before Hex could get him. So Hex became a bounty hunter, and this is where the story actually starts.

The writing in this film fails pretty hard. It's just all over the place! The dialog is good, but the plot is like if the writers from Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, and Dark Horse's Hellboy, and Will Smith's Wild Wild West threw up in a bucket. The contents of that bucket would be Jonah Hex. And it's a real shame because reading the wiki on the Jonah Hex comics, that was just as chaotic and messed up, but in parts of the movie you feel like they had some parts right. Utilizing ridiculously modern technology in the late 1800's, and starting a great backstory that would have been awesome in live-action done as a cartoon, is bad. The branding, consistent re-use of fire as a symbol, and acting is great.

My Highlights:
The opening scene where Turnbull takes his revenge, the first idiot to ask Jonah Hex what happened to his face, and the US army asking Hex for his help.

Overalll Rating:
The actors were all pros and the production values were great. People were really trying to polish a turd with this film but I can only give it 2 *'s out of 5, or 4 *'s out of 10. It's fun at parts in a so-bad, it's good kind of way, but then tries to take itself way too seriously to keep up the tone.

When You Should See It:
Just steer clear. It's not even worth watching more than ten minutes of if you see it come on TV.

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