January 14th, 2021

The Homesman

I scroll down the page...

Amazon Prime has so many movies on offer.

So many movies I don't particularly want to watch...

I settle for The Homesman- because it's a western and it got good reviews when it first came out. It's basically The African Queen- with Hilary Swank as Hepburn and Tommy Lee Jones as Bogart- only with a twist three quarters of the way through that you really don't see coming. We're in Nebraska in the 1850s, three women have lost their minds owing to the pressure of life on the frontier and Swank and Jones have the job of taking them back east- which means trundling a kind of prison cell on wheels across the grasslands of the mid-west, facing weather and bad men and Pawnee warriors who may or may not be hostile- you know, all the usual things- but also inner demons because these two keepers of a travelling madhouse are more than a little mad themselves. It's a movie that's gotten lost in the unceasing spate of product (see above) but it's beautiful and strange.

Jones directs, he and Swank are outstanding- and there are great cameos from Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader and Meryl Streep.