Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Homesman (2014)

Director: Tommy Lee Jones. Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, William Fichtner, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep. 122 min. Rated R. France/USA. Western/Drama.

In another Tommy Lee Jones "Western road movie", a single God-loving lady and a drifting low-life join forces to transport three mad women in a prison wagon from Nebraska across the country to their families. After directing himself in his first two features, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and this (both Westerns), Palme d'Or-nominated Jones is becoming a modern day Clint Eastwood, but is also advancing the genre into very bleak, self-reflecting territories, focusing on spirituality and death. With his own captivating performance and the film's entrancing cinematography, it's surprising the film wasn't nominated for any Oscars last year.

PS; Check out the multitude of acting talent here, all playing small roles; Tommy Lee Jones must be loved in Hollywood. The film just became available on Netflix.

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