Friday, November 21, 2014

The Homesman Movie Review

Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank (r) in The Homesman

Unusual Cargo

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace GummerMiranda OttoSonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.

Finally... a Western, I can sink my teeth into. The Homesman is original, well-written and wildly entertaining. Swank plays a "good citizen," who lives "uncommonly alone," despite being a Wonder Woman of sorts (minus the sexy outfit.) Jones is perfect as Swank's unfit companion; and together, they make a grand (albeit odd) pair. Loaded with surprises and countless wonderful performances (James Spader, tops amongst them) this could be one of the year's best films, save for a few random moments towards the end. Deserves Oscar noms for Swank (Best Actress) and Jones (Best Supporting Actor.) Yes, it's that good.