The Homesman

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Tommy Lee Jones wrote, directs, and stars in the screenplay for the dramatic western, The Homesman. It’s 1854 in a small western town in Nebraska where three mentally ill women need to be transported east by covered wagon to be cared for by a preacher’s wife. They are entrusted to an independent-minded single woman named Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) who men say is bossy and plain, for the long and dangerous 5-week trip. (I may be blind, but I never heard Hilary Swank being described as plain.) She happens upon a lowlife drifter named George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) whom she cuts down from a hangman’s noose when he promises to help on the trip. It’s important to point out that this isn’t your typical shoot-em-up cowboys and Indian film; it’s actually a tragedy and very dark. (On second thought, there are a couple Native American Indians to promote the western theme.) This movie is beautiful with the breathtaking western landscape yet on the other side there are several uncomfortable scenes that involve cruelty and violence. This film is actually better then I expected and that is primarily due to the outstanding performance by Hilary Swank. Tommy Lee Jones’ performance is notable, but I’m hoping to see Swank nominated for Best Actress. The story itself doesn’t make sense at times and it has an ending that is anticlimactic. I’m not sure if it’s the directing or the novel that was written in 1988 that makes it a little strange. I’m giving this road trip in the old west a B rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA