I’ve decided to go back and watch a bunch of movies based on comic books. No real reason, just something I thought would be fun. This time it was the 2010 movie Jonah Hex.
IMDb Rating: 4.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes critics: 12%
Rotten Tomatoes audience: 20%
My Rating: 3/10
This movie’s a mess. The were some decent components, but the execution was just terrible. I’ll start with the good, since that will be quick.
I thought Josh Brolin did a nice job as the title character. I read on IMDb that he originally wasn’t going to take the role, but changed his mind after deciding that he could have fun with the tongue in cheek nature of the script. That’s probably why he was enjoyable to watch, he was having fun. (That’s it for good things.)
Unfortunately, no one told the director that the movie was supposed to be tongue in cheek. This movie took itself way too seriously. By doing so, the already ridiculous plot was strained far beyond what it could bear. Really, the movie suffered because no one could decide what it should be. It wanted to be about the comic book character Jonah Hex, but Hex in the movie can reanimate the dead to get information. In the comics, he’s just a normal man. So the movie’s not really about the character it was supposed to be about. Next, the movie wanted to be a western, but somehow became science fiction with these weird, glowing super-cannonballs. Even the music couldn’t get things sorted out. Sometimes the music was period appropriate and played nicely with the scenery and tone of the movie, then it switches to heavy metal for no real reason.
The acting wasn’t great. John Malkovitch wasn’t very threatening as the villain. Michael Fassbender was way too manic of a villain. Megan Fox wasn’t at all convincing as a love interest. Will Arnett took his part because he wanted to to a non-comedic role, but he just comes across as stiff. I really wish he had tried to inject some humor. The movie was so bad I kept expecting him to break the awkwardness with a joke.
Basically, it’s a terrible movie and it’s easy to see why this was one of DCs biggest flops ever.