Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Homesman (2014)

Director: Tommy Lee Jones

Writers: Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley A. Oliver, Glendon Swarthout

Composer: Marco Beltrami

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Jo Harvey Allen, Barry Corbin, David Dencik, William Fichtner, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The untold story of The West.

Plot: Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Great flick.  Tommy Lee Jones delivers the goods in spades.  He shows the West how harsh it was and it was a hell of a lot harsher on the women.  Jesus they had it rough.  I like his no nonsense approach, letting the film casually unfold into a calm wave of uneasiness.  Jones brings a little humor to his role just by being an ornery old bastard.  Something happens two thirds in that kicked me in the guts.  If it hadn't been for everything that was so carefully built up to 'till then it wouldn't have had the same impact.  The cast is superb, especially to Swank and Jones.  Wow!  Just wow!

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