Jane Got a Gun (2016)
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as Jane Hammond
as Colin McCann
as Dan Frost
as Bill Hammond
as Cunny Charlie
as Slow Jeremiah
as Fur Trader
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Critic Reviews for Jane Got a Gun
The slow-burn build-up to a final showdown is, of course, a standard Western narrative device, but director Gavin O'Connor repeatedly defuses tension by cutting away to convoluted flashbacks revealing the characters' emotionally tangled backstories.
Jane Got A Gun, even with it's great moments, isn't more than a discrete, rushed and even cowardly western. [Full review in Spanish]
Jane Got A Gun never really gives any depth to any of it's characters. [Full review in Spanish]
The performances the main cast delivers are what stands out most of this film. Portman is believable, Joel Edgerton is not that charismatic and Ewan McGregor is an interesting villain. [Full review in Spanish]
Audience Reviews for Jane Got a Gun
Natalie Portman in a Western that takes a unusual look at the role women played in the West. Lemme see here, you got yer prostitutes, you got yer squaws, both kind've easily dismissed as "collateral damage", and then there's that kinda mysterious category "honest woman". Portman brings grit and honesty to a story not often told that dramatizes what it took to simply be a frontier woman.
O'Connor's direction is a tad heavy-handed (some of the flashback scenes and even the score are horribly corny and misplaced), but the film is solid enough in its attempt to create a nuanced context for the characters and make us care about them in a tense third act.
Natalie Portman leads the cast in the mediocre western Jane Got a Gun. When a gang of outlaws catches up with Jane and her husband, she seeks out an old friend to help her fight them off. Unfortunately the writing is a little weak, as most of the characters are underdeveloped. And the film's momentum is uncut by having the story broken up with flashbacks. Still, the action scenes are well-done, as are the sets and costumes. Also, the score does a good job at setting the tone and heightens the dramatic tension. Jan Got a Gun is an entertaining film, but overall it ends up being rather lackluster.
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