JOSH BROLIN JOHN MALKOVICH MEGAN FOX
From the director of Horton Hears a Who, wait, does that even sound right? How does an animated director of a hippo movie transition to a dirty south barely-heard-of comic book movie. Jonah Hex was one of the bigger disappointments of the summer season. Warner Bros seems to have gotten in the habit of turning all these comic books into blockbusters, but this one failed and for good reason. Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (Milk, No Country For Old Men) is a niche actor, he seems to do a few things pretty well when it comes to characters, but out of his element he is downright impossible to watch. A twisted and mutilated superhero he is not. This movie is out of control with special effects, animated scenes, flashbacks it’s a big mess.
Betrayed by his commanding officer, Jonah Hex (Brolin) is punished and forced to watch his family burn up inside their house. Quentin Turnbull, Jonah’s superior and trader to the US Army, disfigured Jonah’s face, leaving him for dead. Jonah rises up and vows worse vengeance than he was dealt on Turnbull who is desperate to destroy America before it can even get its start. Turnbull sides with the confederate army and plans to use a super powered cannon on the capital July 4th. Jonah will stop at nothing to finally kill Turnbull and might help save the country in the process, if he feels like it.
Besides the miscasting of Brolin, Malkovich (Burn After Reading, Changeling) is far more entertaining to watch. While he frequently plays the psychopathic villain, Malkovich has a natural knack for the eccentric. His character has no mercy and has a very well planned look, whether it be respectful to the comics or not. While I haven’t been into the comic book scene for a while, I am betting very few others have heard of this graphic comic either. What often confuses a movie without good direction is juggling so many different concepts and genres. Here we have a western typesetting, horses, dust and shoot-em-up scenes. Then we have supernatural element stuff, Jonah’s power seems to be that he can touch people and send them to their grave or touch the dead and talk to them while holding them.
If you think Megan Fox (Jennifer’s Body, Transformers) or her cleavage might make this film worth watching, you better get your stop watch out, this film thankfully is short, but her screen time is severely limited. She does rock a corset through the entire movie and get in some fighting in near the end. Much of the film is shot on location in Louisiana which at least presents some kind of authentic theme for the civil war era part of the movie. It’s this kind of terrible comic book adaptation that takes a toll on the others begging for a chance.
Final Thought – I don’t even think the director knew what was going on.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Jennifer Gih