The upcoming western The Homesman stars Oscar-winners Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank as, respectively, claims jumper George Briggs and pioneer woman Mary Bee Cuddy – an odd couple who team up to transport three mentally-ill women from Nebraska to a mental hospital in Iowa. Jones also co-wrote the film’s script (based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout) and served as the helmsman. An international trailer for the film released earlier this year, but now a green-band promo (see above) has been unveiled, a couple months ahead of Homesman‘s U.S. theatrical debut.
Homesman marks Jones’ fourth time as director, following after a pair of TV movies (including the Cormac McCarthy play adaptation The Sunset Limited) and his previous theatrically-released feature, the modern-day western-inspired film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. The actor/filmmaker has put together an impressive cast for his latest project, in the shape of a supporting crew that includes Meryl Streep, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings), William Fichtner (Prison Break), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and Jones’ Lincoln costars Tim Blake Nelson and James Spader.
Jones’ revisionist western toured the festival circuit earlier this year, and initial reviews for The Homesman have, on the whole, been respectable… if a bit mixed. Variety‘s reivew, for example, praises the movie for being a “sturdy cross-country Western” and gives top marks to Jones’ direction and his cast’s performances. Meanwhile, Film. com‘s review argues “the story remains uneven and the characters don’t feel real,” but still gives Homesman credit for “trying [to be] a different type of Western.”
Of course, the critical outlook on The Homesman could improve or worsen as more reviews pour in – and either way, that doesn’t mean Jones’ western isn’t worth a look, imperfections and all. Feel free and let us know whether or not you’re planning to give this movie a shot, based on what you’ve seen and heard so far.
The Homesman begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on November 14th, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies