81 Min | Action – Drama – Fantasy | September 2010
IMDB Rating: 4.6
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Starring: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich
Jonah Hex Review: Jonah Hex is a short and therefor quite fast paced and entertaining mixture of a western with some fantasy elements. The classic vengeance plot is settled in a historic context that is not always accurate but somewhat charming and therefor still better than another imaginary world. Jonah Hex convinces with a very dry humour, a couple of nice action scenes and special effects and some cool gun fights. The idea of talking to dead people and the showdown sequences in a desert place that represents the gates of hell also works quite well and adds some needed diversity to this well done popcorn cinema. Visually, Jonah Hex is definitely well directed.
The rest is still rather ordinary and features your usual characters as the lonesome and sarcastic hero, the prostitute with a faithful heart and the old fanatic maniac that menaces the world. The story of Jonah Hex, has no surprises and can rather be seen as a nod to classic westerns. The lady is almost an archetypal damsel in distress if it wasn’t for her spunk and little fun gun and stabby utensils. She doesn’t say much and adores said anti-hero with the rough yet more or less good heart. The actress does that with flair. The soft focus lens never gets old wink. The ‘magical’ elements aren’t thrown in your face the whole time and are mostly in the periphery of the steam punk weaponed action. I like that, would ‘almost’ go as far as calling it subtle.
Jonah Hex has no emotional passages, no innovating moment and definitely no big philosophical thoughts. It’s all about diverting entertainment, tons of lead bullets and many cool proverbs that always put a little smile on your face. Jonah Hex doesn’t intend to be more than this and is surely better than strained finger-wagging flick about morality. For what it is, Jonah Hex is a quite good flick but it surely isn’t anything outstanding that is worth to be watched twice or that may stay on your mind for more than a couple of days.