1 1/2 Stars
The filmmakers missed the point on this one. Ya there’s some action and a lot of people get killed, but with it’s PG-13 rating ‘Jonah Hex’ never delivers enough gore. And this is a movie that needed to. Josh Brolin isn’t bad as the title character, but the way the story portrays him is plain stupid. A bounty hunter that can talk to the dead, that’s kind of neat, but wait there are rules? Oh and the dead know everything about anyone that they ever knew, including what they’re up to now, which is great for Jonah Hex but seems to take some of the fun out of the bounty hunter aspect. Malkovich, as the bad guy who killed Hex’s family and scarred his face, is incredibly boring and appears to be simply going through the motions. Again the story lacks in explanation for his evil ways making him to be a bad guy because the movie needs one. And Megan Fox proves once again that she’s only in films for her looks.
Jimmy Hayward was a strange choice as director of the film, and this doesn’t get him off to a good start. What else has Jimmy done? He was previously director of ‘Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!’ and an animator on many Pixar films. Why not, this movie is so poorly written it doesn’t matter who directs.
At only 80 minutes we can only hope that there is an R-rated cut coming to dvd. Perhaps then it I can raise my rating to 2 stars.
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Stars: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox
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