For some reason or another the eternal powers that be decided that Jonah Hex was unworthy of deserving some sort of actual recognition. With an opening weekend of slightly over $5 million, it’s safe to say that the movie was a complete flop. Now the question you have to ask yourself, and one which I’m more than willing to answer, is whether or not it deserved this blatant disrespect? The answer is no.
There are clearly much better movies out in there and there’s no way that Jonah Hex can probably ever hope to win any major awards, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. What Jonah Hex succeeds in doing is showing the world how it is possible to still make entertaining westerns, westerns that have a little supernatural to them. For the most part, I’m inclined to believe that Westerns as a whole have almost become an extinct genre, except for movies and TV shows such as Firefly, where you get sci-fi westerns, but that’s not the same thing.
Jonah Hex might actually be one of the more entertaining action flicks out in theaters right now and that’s saying a great deal. We have movies like Killers or Knight and Day that while in possession of heavy star power, just aren’t that fun to watch. Seeing Josh Brolin on screen as the infamously scarred comic book bounty hunter is indeed quite entertaining. I haven’t seen Brolin in many roles, but I really enjoyed him this time around as he pretty much nails the character of Jonah Hex down to a peg. Hex, a loner by nature and all around badass, leads the life of a bounty hunter, after watching his family murdered. The tale, while something of a revenge tragedy, is not at all boring and has plenty of life to it.
Will Arnett, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich all additionally star in the movie, each serving their own role, with Malkovich as the central antagonist. Seeing Arnett in a serious role was somewhat dumbfounding as I, along with the rest of the audience, found ourselves giggling whenever he would emerge on screen, probably thinking of Gob Bluth the entire time. Megan Fox finally has to act without the aid of large robots in the background, which is a nice change. Malkovich, who has done almost every kind of role imaginable, plays an extremely convincing villain, one that’s perfect for the job of tormenting and fighting Jonah Hex.
Comic book movies based off lesser known characters such as Hex can be risky, but a great deal of these fictitious individuals are amazingly interesting. Jonah Hex is one of those people that we find intriguing. He’s not a good guy, but he’s also not terrible. He has a sense of morals and a code that he follows. He says the things we’re afraid to say and does the things we wish we could given the situation. Hex is the sort of man that a lot of us wish we could be, someone who’s willing to fight for justice while still serving outside the norm.
Really, I don’t see what everyone was complaining about. Granted, the movie has its weak moments, some periods of poor writing, cheesiness that should have been dealt with, and a pretty lame ending, but nothing that makes it an abysmal movie. I found Jonah Hex to be a festive way to spend a night at the movies, with me leaving the theater feeling riled up, but in the best kind of way. That’s the power a character like Jonah Hex is has, allowing you to to feel different, making you want to be tougher and do the sorts of things you were always concerned about doing; it’s a wonderful feeling. And yes, there are explosions…plenty of them.