Jane Got a Gun centers on Jane Hammond, who has built a new life with her husband Bill "Ham" Hammond after being tormented by the ultra-violent Bishop Boys outlaw gang. She finds herself in the gang's cross-hairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless mastermind Colin. With the vengeful crew hot on Ham's trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost for help in defending her family against certain destruction. Haunted by old memories, Jane's past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival.Written by
Near the end of the movie when Jane goes into the town, Lullaby, to collect the posted bounty rewards, she is driving two brown horses who are pulling the cart which we later find out is carrying the body of the top wanted criminal she killed. Her white riding horse, seen at other times in the movie, is tethered to the rear of the cart which one can assume is the horse she will use to ride back with, although it is not saddled. When she returns with her money bags after collecting all the "wanted dead or alive" rewards, she mounts a saddled-up brown horse with something that looks like a bedroll behind the saddle and heads back to her home. When she approaches the covered wagon in which her family is waiting, the unsaddled white horse can be seen in the distance, tethered to the rear of that wagon. See more »
[whispering a bedtime story]
Callie and Decca were two sisters. They were on a boat. They're in the water, and Callie said to Decca, "Decca, will you tell me the story about the upside-down tree again please?" And Decca said, "Once upon a time, there was an upside-down tree. And anyone who walked in through the door of its trunk would be immediately turned to good if they were bad." Callie said, "I would really like to see that tree sometime." They went on and on in the water. Can ...
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A decent film despite a slow start and tedious flashbacks
Overall, it was a good movie; despite a slow start and the amount of back story that tried to clutter it.
For a movie that had an astonishing - and rather disappointing - amount of last-minute changes (Jude Law - and then Bradley Cooper - and Micheal Fassbender both pulled out of the leading male roles; Lynne Ramsay was also supposed to be directing) it is still a good film.
The performances are decent, although it's really Edgerton, not Portman, who makes a firm statement; succeeding in overshadowing even Jane's big hat. Ewan McGregor looks out of place, but his acting's not bad. None of the acting is bad; they're solid and professional and Portman and McGregor both try to make their American accents work. They barely manage, but it's nothing worth criticism.
The soundtrack is awesome. Equally, the cinematography is decent and shows off enough scenery and dust to ground a Western. The film is a good twist on the genre's stereotypes and clichés. Its feminist undercurrents are addressed and it speaks for the tragedy for women in those times, but for all Jane's firm words, loose gun belt and very big hat, she really is little more than a damsel-in- distress. The fact that she has a child (two, actually) does give another firm twist to what we expect of a Western, and yet all the backstory, etc, that was supposed to serve as a emotional foundation for the mother-and- daughter situation, was forced and uneven. Which brings me to.....
Some cons: Until more than about half-way, the film is tedious, slow, and even rather quite boring. The flashbacks seem forced and cut suspense away from the main story/threat. The whole story shuffles, almost aimlessly, without much urgency or real threat since we're left guessing for much of the first half what John Bishop and his boys actually have against Jane and her family. That said, the story seems almost afraid to show its climax ; quite literally, actually, considering that the lighting is painfully poor at the climax. To be honest, the film works best at its action sequences. The quiet moments do little to evoke sympathy and instead are rather boring.
I enjoyed it. Its climax was satisfying, however slow the start might have been, and it's a decent film :)
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