Sunday, October 17, 2010

Jonah Hex (2010) - Jimmy Hayward

Jonah Hex (2010)
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Writers: Mark Neveldine (Screenplay & Story), Brian Taylor (Screenplay & Story), William Farmer (Story), John Albano (Characters), Tony Dezuniga (Characters)
Starring: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett

When I first heard that a Jonah Hex movie was going to be made I was actually pretty intrigued. I didn't know a whole lot about the comic, but from what I knew about the character I thought a pretty interesting movie could be made. Then they cast Josh Brolin and I just knew it was going to be an awesome movie. Then they cast Megan Fox and my hope dwindled. Then I just kept hearing more and more  about the movie and my desire to see it completely vanished.

I really thought that with the character of Jonah Hex a good, somewhat mystical, western could be made in the vain of High Plains Drifter (1973) except with a little more comic book action. Unfortunately what this movie delivered was a slightly darker version of Wild Wild West (1999). The sad thing is, there is a good story in this movie, unfortunately they decided not to focus on this story and instead only touch on it in exposition and a few flashbacks. If they had made the entire movie about Jonah Hex's back story they would have ended up with a much more interesting story. Instead, this movie feels like the bad direct-to-DVD sequel of a much better film.