Jonah Hex is so bad it will make your head spin and it really shouldn’t be. You would think with John Malkovich and Josh Brolin in leading roles this movie would be the epicentre of awesome but unfortunately it is far from it. The only real highlight is watching Megan Fox parade around in hooker gear and that my friends can not redeem a movie that is poorly written, badly directed and all around abysmal.
I never read the Jonah Hex comics so I watched one of the Bluray special features which introduced me to the character and the many iterations he had for DC and Vertigo Comics. The character is complex and dark and should have made for one hell of a fun film experience but unfortunately top notch casting can not overcome a poor choice of direction.
“Hex” first appeared in the early 1970s in the issues of “All-Star Western” before graduating to his own series in 1977 that ran for about 10 years. A new series was launched in 2005. The character also had a run in the 1990s that combined the Western genre with supernatural elements.
Jimmy Hayward the director has some big name movies to his credits but all of them are more family fair. He is the director behind such classics as Toy Story, A Bugs Life and Finding Nemo but for whatever reason he could not find his way to bringing the dark and unorthodox comic book character to life. The movie is muddled, confusing and feels like a poor mans take on Will Smiths Wild Wild West. Jonah Hex is not exciting or enticing and it is certainly anything but entertaining.
Jimmy Hayward was probably not the right choice as director but the flip side is when your working on a script from the team that brought you CRANK what do you expect to get?
The film got a lot of heat from fans and critics and managed to pull in a measly $10million at the box office. Although its not as bad as Frank Millers The Spirit the movie is definitely not good, nor is it the worst comic book movie adaptation ever made. I think a safe comparison is Jonah Hex lands somewhere between Daredevil and The Spirit. As it is I can not recommend you buy this movie but if you are a huge Jonah Hex fan you might want to consider renting it. The best we can hope for is that there is a directors cut somewhere that will bring some continuity to the film and make it a film worthy of the fans. Case and point, Daredevil was a horrible movie but the directors cut that I watched a few years ago was a fantastic improvement.