JANE GOT A GUN is a boring movie. That’s not a comment on shootouts being few and far between – UNFORGIVEN and THE HOMESMAN took their time, but it got deep into what made their characters. Here we have Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton with no chemistry and few defining characteristics. On the rare occasion when its allowed to be its own thing, Jane Got a Gun becomes unpleasant: “He said take care of her. Not sure what he meant by that so I took a guess”. While we are given plenty of flashbacks, very few are illuminating. Flashbacks as an editing technique are for the express purpose of character and plot development, and Jane Got a Gun somehow avoids doing either when it looks back. To give credit where it’s due, Jane Got a Gun is shot and lit very nicely (props to DP Mandy Walker) but that isn’t enough for it to stand out on its own terms. SSP
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