Audiences didn’t much cotton to Jonah Hex’s ugly brand of law and his blood feud with Quentin Turnbull when “Jonah Hex” hit theaters earlier this year. Yes, even the abundant, ahem, “charms” of Megan Fox and her saloon wench wardrobe couldn’t bring in the kiddies. Lucky for you, what you missed in theaters, you can now catch up in the comfort of your couch because “Jonah Hex” has ridden onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand, and for Download from Warner Home Video.
Out of the pages of the legendary comics and graphic novels steps Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin), a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort. Jonah’s past catches up with him when the U.S. military offers to wipe out the warrants on his head if he hunts and stop dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich).
Movies about a cowboy with a scarred face who goes around plugging bad guys isn’t supposed to be taken seriously. Good luck trying to tell today’s audiences that. Could it have been better? Oh sure, it could have been lots better, but Jimmy Hayward’s live-action “Jonah Hex” is not an altogether bad fantasy Western.
Josh Brolin is surprisingly endearing as the scarred bounty hunter, and Megan Fox is equally appealing (ahem) as saloon prostitute/Hex’s sometimes girlfriend Lilah. And John Malkovich as the heavy is perfect casting. Supporting turns by Will Arnett as one of those bureaucratic soldiers with his head up his ass, Aidan Quinn as President Grant, and Michael Fassbender as Burke, Turnbull’s tattooed henchman round out the breezy cast.
Given its comic book roots, it’s surprising that so many people expected so much from “Jonah Hex”. As his first live-action feature film, director Jimmy Hayward acquits himself quite well. He seems to “get” the inherently illogical nature of the character and the revisionist Western history of the story. Or at least, “Jonah Hex” never comes across as more than what it is, and in that respect the film is surprisingly entertaining.
My review copy was a standard DVD, and it comes with three deleted scenes, essentially the full extent of the disc’s special features. The scenes total about five minutes of spare footage, including a pretty superfluous one with Megan Fox in a stagecoach being hit on by a drunken loudmouth. The other two are Jonah Hex-centric, with one featuring an alternate take on Hex’s “recruitment” by the U.S. Army.