Jane Got a Gun

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Jane Got a Gun flounders between campy Western and hard-hitting revisionist take on the genre, leaving Natalie Portman's committed performance stranded in the dust.



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Natalie Portman stars in this western concerning a woman who has to defend her home against a group of outlaws. Gavin O'Connor handles directing duties, with Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton co-starring. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


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  • Jan 11, 2017
    Jane Got a Gun is so wholly dull that it squanders solid performances from Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. The film has a whisper thin plot that somehow manages to get convoluted, using frequent flashbacks and quiet explanations to fill the audience in on large amounts of backstory and while the film at least attempts to be a feminist take on the western genre, it ends up undoing this entire approach by the film's not too exciting final showdown. Jane Got a Gun is the western equivalent of fast food. Quick, dirty and not quite satisfying. Rating: 50
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2016
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  • Sep 04, 2016
    The Western genre is one that has struggled to find its own two feet to stand on in recent years. Jane Got a Gun certainly does not buck that trend. Also I'm pretty sure not a single one of these Wild West folks was American.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2016
    A modern western with a strong female lead, yet old-fashioned sensibilities and story, Jane Got A Gun is hardly an atypical Western. That is not to say that it is not effective, it certainly is, and there's a slow-build and methodical unraveling of the story that produces a very atmospheric and brooding tone. The ending was a bit too neatly done, yet the film has messy relationship dynamics and a sort of pragmatism that many Westerns are missing. Portman's character proves to be particularly compelling, and her characterization is certainly the strongest of the film. In the end, it really doesn't break new ground, yet tells a familiar story in an unfamiliar way. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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