Michael Fassbender Season came to a close today however I can’t say that it went out on a particular high as the final film to be viewed was Jonah Hex.
PLOT: Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is a bounty hunter with the supernatural power to converse with the dead. Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich) kills Jonah’s family and fakes his own death. Jonah is enlisted in the army to help catch Turnbull who has been discovered alive and plotting a villainous plot. There are many dream sequences which I can’t keep up with. Megan Fox digs deep in order to play a whore. END PLOT
The plot of Jonah Hex is very weak which is a shame as given its comic book origins there should have been enough material floating around to at least give us a basic and coherent story.
Josh Brolin is fine as Jonah Hex and he growls his way through the film without humour or awareness that the final result will not be worth his efforts.
John Malkovich is as bad as ever and becoming more of a caricature with each long overacted performance.
This film was watched solely for Michael Fassbender who was at least having fun as a crazy Irishman causing havoc in the middle of the Old West. For the duration of the enjoyable eight minutes he was on screen I couldn’t help but think that he would be a great choice if Christopher Nolan ever needed to cast The Riddler.
The action was extremely cartoonish which didn’t blend with Brolin’s over serious performance. The director Jimmy Hayward’s career had been based in animation up until this point so it shows that the transition between animation (albeit at the top level) and live action may not be for everyone.
One thing the film’s favour was that its version of the Old West looked great. It had a similar look to Cowboys and Aliens but unfortunately the everything else was every bit as crap.
Jonah Hex gets 3/10 - on another day, with a different director, different script and altered cast it had potential. This is a prime example of a failed attempt at a franchise launch.
The Bender Wagon has rolled to an upsetting halt until it's next pick up in 2012 - Oscar Season.