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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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A very moderate adventure.
Feels as though everyone involved forced themselves to grit their teeth and get on with it.
O'Connor's movie is too sentimental and self-serious to add much of note to the mythos, but Portman embodies her character's grief no less movingly than her forebears.
The movie isn't terrible, so it can't qualify as a hate-watch. It's just dull.
At times, Jane Got A Gun comes perilously close to staying passive-to becoming A Gun Was Gotten By Jane.
As stripped-down, revisionist Westerns go, "Jane Got A Gun" may not have reinvented the wagon wheel, but it rolls out as a sturdy, well-crafted genre piece despite its rocky road to the screen.
Portman makes a convincing frontierswoman as she rides out to protect her home and family.
Jane Got a Gun successfully operates as a Western with its own flourishes of home-invasion plot threading and a unique role reversal take on the genre regarding gender
The personal relationships are pleasingly complex, characters you start off loathing you end up liking, and, of course, there's a terrific shootout in the end.
Jane Got a Gun is a textbook-standard Western and nothing more.
This is a good addition to the female-centric movies we have seen of late. Here's hoping there will be more to come.
If Jane Got a Gun had been interested in giving its main character any power of her own, instead of acquiring a weapon, she might have gotten the heck out of Dodge and joined Furiosa and Rey for a party out in the desert.
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.
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.
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.
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