Jane Got a Gun is a western drama directed by Gavin O’Connor and written by Brian Duffield. It’s about Jane building a new life for herself in the ole’ west, but her past catches up with her in the form of a vengeful gang. Sounds simple enough for a western right? The film stars Natalie Portman, as Jane, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, and Ewan McGregor.
The good; we have a western. Being a huge fan of westerns I always look forward to when a new one comes out. Jane Got a Gun takes all the western staples and places a female in the lead, and it works. We get deep characters with backstories and they all want their own brand of justice. It’s a tried and true method.
The relationship between Portman and Edgerton’s characters is what drives this movie. There’s a great sense of history that unfolds before our eyes, while they’re in disagreement a lot we understand why. Everyone on screen does a great job, each character is three dimensional making their conflicts all the more real.
The bad; a bit predictable. I know I mentioned up top that this does all the typical western tropes, but in a modern western I kind of want something new. Or a twist on the old conventions, other than the lead being a female. This is just nitpicking.
The real bad part of this movie is that no one will hear about it and therefore not see it.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Natalie Portman does a fabulous job as Jane. Ewan McGregor is great as the antagonist. And then there are some unexpected action scenes, was not expecting explosions to be in this film. Go see this movie in the theatre, before it’s gone.