Jane Got a Gun is the newest western that features Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor and is directed by Gavin O’Connor.
Jane's Got A Gun opened at 2.1 million worldwide.
Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) has built a new life with her husband Bill Hammond after being tormented by the Bishop Boys gang.
She finds herself in the gang’s crosshairs when Hammond stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless leader, John (Ewan McGregor).
With the vengeful crew hot on Hammond’s trail, as well as Hammond being a wanted felon, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé for help in defending her family against certain death.
Through the main title one can assume that Jane at some point gets a gun. Within the first ten minutes we see that she already has a gun, several actually.
Throughout the story we are given flashbacks of Jane’s old life with her then fiancé. We learn that the fiancé went to fight in the civil war and never wrote to Jane, leading to the belief that he was dead.
Many of those scenes with the fiancé are not given the chance to really tug on our heartstrings and inevitably fall flat.
Although, when we do find out later that he was alive Jane has already found another husband whom she has a child with, leaving the fiancé reluctant to help Jane out whatsoever.
The child does not play into the story whatsoever, except for Jane’s emotional tether to Bill Hammond, while the fiancé and Jane begin to bond again.
The child is dropped off to someone at the beginning of the movie who seems to be trustworthy, but the character is not important enough to have any dialogue.
The movie cares so little about anything but their main characters that make everything else falls apart.
A lot of choices in this movie feel rushed and not properly planned out all the way through.
I want to say that there were some heartfelt or pulse pounding moments that got me to the edge of my seat but even the climax is executed quickly and with ease by the characters. The tension dissipates and longs for something more.
The movie truly seemed to want more out of what it had but the end product just could not bring it together.
I think this movie deserves 2 out of 5 stars.