JANE GOT A GUN REVIEWED
“Jane Got A Gun” really does feel a lot like “Hombre”. Good call on that one, Stephen King. Playing up minorities and females in Westerns always plays weird. At times, it feels like Post Modern revisionism and other times it offers a way to show better aspects of the Western. Jane’s fear of the Bishop Boys is real and it’s something you don’t see in a Wyatt Earp type. John Bishop’s terrorizing of Jane Hammond makes this a different kind of film.
Jane has lost so much and become something less than a functional human. She’s a utility woman working on the frontier just to survive. Her identity is tied to her family until the structure of that life is threatened. John Bishop and his gang have come for Jane in the past and she feigned. It’s not like she had a ton of options, but her inability to save her first child haunts her.
Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman offer up something that makes me love Westerns. Playing duality in a way that straddles archetypes and true darkness. A lot of viewers are going to give this film a pass due to its multiple production issues. Honestly, I can’t imagine the film being any better. It’s a shame that it missed out on connecting to a massive audience. Give it a shot, people.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track