Jane Got A Gun Blu-ray Review
“Jane Got A Gun” doesn’t exactly revolutionize the western genre.
The story, which largely takes place in New Mexico, revolves a mother/wife (Jane) whose husband (Bill) comes home mortally wounded after an encounter with a wanted man (John Bishop) and his gang. Wanting to protect her husband, daughter, and home, Jane hides her daughter with a friend and seeks the help of a former lover/gunslinger (Dan) to stand up to Bishop and co. As the main story unfolds, flashbacks to Jane, Bill, Dan and John’s interconnected past pop up throughout.
The title suggests “Jane Got A Gun” is about a strong female character, but unfortunately that’s not quite the case. There are certainly moments where that is true (especially in the end), but for the most part, the movie is disappointingly about a love triangle, family, violence, and Jane needing the help of her lost lover Dan. It’s all pretty routine stuff that feels reminiscent of other western films which is certainly a problem. The dry film never feels fresh nor is it told particularly well. From the clumsy integration of the flashbacks to the rushed thin script, “Jane Got A Gun” just feels like a wasted opportunity. Now, granted, the movie does come to life at times amidst the inevitable showdown, the ending, and some of the darker character centric moments, but they don’t make up for the film’s shortcomings.
As for the all-star talent involved, they don’t have as much to do as you’d think. Both Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor are completely underutilized. Only Joel Edgerton’s character Dan has any real depth and, as a result, gives the most impressive performance of the lot.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The hi-def transfer handles the bright and dark scenes well.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Despite the fact that the mumbling can be hard to hear, this 5.1 track does the job.
* Digital copy.
* The Weinstein Company trailers.
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