‘Jonah Hex’ Movie Review

by on April 23, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

'Jonah Hex' starring Josh BrolinJonah Hex movie review from Cinema Static on Brusimm

Jonah Hex is an odd movie to take in that suffers with a lack of depth to its characters and story and completely ignores the comic franchise history. There are plot loopholes where connecting scenes within the movie seem to come from nowhere. Eh?

The movie stars Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett and others. It was directed by animator turned director Jimmy Hayward, whose directorial resume includes the animated Horton Hears a Who! and an ‘additional scenes’ director for Robots. Jonah Hex is his first live-person and 2nd directorial project.

Josh Brolin in 'Jonah Hex'Josh Brolin plays Jonah Hex, and if any fans of the DC Comics franchise were confused or disliked the artistic take on his origins, I don’t blame you. The origin of Hex in the movie shows that all the creative team did was use the character likeness and then went off in their own direction, ignoring the bounty hunter’s comic past and embuing him with an odd power to communicate with the dead.

John Malkovich plays the adversary, Quentin Turnbull, and though I really enjoy Malkovich’s work, he seemed subdued or muffled in this movie. He wasn’t set loose with his role. In fact, it felt like no one was let loose in their own roles.

Megan Fox in 'Jonah Hex'This may have been the worse casting for Megan Fox that I’ve ever seen. Fox plays Lilah, the prostitute with a savvy edge but she seemed more bland than ever. I’ve seen her in Jennifer’s Body and it was a fun flick that she accented. But this just wasn’t her best, ever. Even though this role provided ample opportunity to show off Fox in some great ‘prostitute’ outfits and take advantage of her looks, the best use of her appeal was used in the promotional material for the movie and not in the movie. It could have made the movie a bit more… entertaining.

SPOILERS (If you care) of a sorts

There was little to really make you care about anyone and at one point, when Hex is shot up pretty bad and is on the verge of death, Indians come out of nowhere, drag him into a tent, slap mud and stuff on him and then he heals and runs back into the fray. Not sure, did I miss something about who those Indians were or

In his conflict with Turnbull, Hex was having two fights. One in some alternate reality on red sand and the real fight in this reality. I’m not sure what that was about. Again, did I miss something? What was up with that?

Jonah Hex made Transformers 2 look good. Yep, I said it. They didn’t try to pander to the franchise fan base, but didn’t meet any other expectations as they half-heartedly pulled together mystical abilities and put them in a mere human who can get beat down pretty easily. That was confusing, plus Hex ain’t pretty to look at.

If I were to score movies, which it seems I am these days, I’d give Jonah Hex a 3 out of 10. Maybe a 4 with enough beer!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul April 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

feel free to email me, the email in my comments is my personal email address..

You are about the only site i follow for film, sci fi stuff!

Bruce Simmons April 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

Good point! Have fun with it… I almost forgot to do that… because some days, this IS NOT FUN. It’s a job, and I already have one of those! Huh, thanks for bringing me back to reality actually Paul. Hey, mind if I email you Paul?

Paul April 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

So if you do a post about being obsessed with points do we get to give that post a score…

I think if you turned your scoring system into something fun then you could do well with it. Anything other than the same old stuff that everyone does.

Maybe get little beer icons to show how many beers are needed to make it a passable experience.

Bruce Simmons April 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

“Brucie Points!” Ha!
Well, hmm.. Every movie starts with a 10. The score starts getting pulled down from the opening credits, if it so deserves to. I never give half points. (What’s the bloody point of having a 3.5 score… you might as well start doing 3.25 scores,etc…)
I am not sure if all movies will be on the same score system… IE: movies on their own, horrible Syfy TV movies on their own… probably will be.
Yes… beer is an important part of any breakfast and movie scoring. Good idea Paul!
So this is a … work in progress.
I’ve avoided it until now and so far, it keeps popping up. It’s like I’m possessed and the score just comes out! Hmm, maybe I need to write an article on this problem of mine! LOL.

Paul April 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

I just think that everyone does the same scores out of 10..
How about some kind of reference point, so do a post where you list the films you would give a 10 to.. Star Wars,Shawshank redemption

Then any you would give a 9, then down to any with 1 star. Which would be so bad that you turned it off half way through or left the movie theater and took the manager who sold you the ticket hostage for 3 days as payback..

Would be nice to get some idea if your scores would be similar to mine so I would know if it counts..

What about Brucie points.. and some are so good they get Brucie bonus points..lol

I do like the idea of it getting extra points if you watch with beer..

Our local paper does food reviews and everywhere gets 3 stars.. it makes the scoring system rubbish.

Bruce Simmons April 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

Funny thing about that… I only started doing scores a few reviews ago… I’ve been avoiding it up until now but then one day, bam!, there I was saying “if I were to score this” and now, I can’t seem to stop. Cripes. Paul, does the score help augment the words for you or …. ? (Be honest!)

Paul April 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

Well this movie was next on my netflix list, so I shall go and remove it now. I do not get enough tv time to be able to waste any on this from the sounds of it..

When did you start giving movies scores, I never noticed it before.

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