Magnificent cinematography. Such a pity Tommy Lee made it more of a vehicle for him than for Hilary Swank. Not sure the' feminist message' got through, but it made a refreshing change for the 'happy whore' of the frontier 'story line so often reprised in westerns. Much though I enjoy Mery S, whe was only needed at the last minute to help sell the film which might otherwises have been overlooked, Nice one.
This is honestly an astonishing, harrowing, strange and beautiful film. So amazingly alive and unpredictable. Completely and criminally overlooked by critics and audiences when it came out, but I'm confident it'll be reappraised and celebrated in years to come. Tommy Lee Jones needs to make more movies, but I guess if he did they might be less special than this one.
Penetrating examination of American Western pioneering. Life is unspeakably difficult and the landscapes beautiful and cruel. Refreshing to watch a film that gives the audience credit of intelligence. Now I understand the scale of the challenge and have appreciation for the human collateral damage in those early, wild western days. Concentrating on interior lives, more like French cinema than Hollywood. Great film.
It's not actually that good. There's loads of sub- Cohen Brothers stuff and the tone veers between stark tragedy and sort of tragi-comedy which leaves one uninvolved. When H. Swank pegged out I simply wondered how the rest of the film would be filled up. Also having 3 actors playing mad people for an entire full length film is a bit dire. The landscape's great.
Conventional western springing from an original premise, this feminist allegation on the eve of the #metoo movement is still a shallow statement. The striking topic of mental illness is just confined to the boundries of an obscure wagon and the film is simply reduced to the uninspired exchanges between its two leading stars.
A revelation. A harsh, yet engaging and moving story, shot in equally hard yet beautiful style by Tommy Lee Jones and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto. Swank is outstanding and praise for the score is deserved. If it is a "western" then, outside The Assassination of Jesse James, it's arguably the best one that's been made since Unforgiven. One of the top films of the 2010s that I've seen. Highly recommended.
Trotz des Titels ist The Homesman ein Film über Frauen. Frauen stehen im Zentrum der Action, trieben sie voran. Sie sind nicht die schönen passiven Begleiterinnen wie in anderen Western, sondern Heldinnen: Charakterstark und mutig, manchmal beides im selben Moment!(...) mehr auf cinegeek.de http://cinegeek.de/homesman-rating-78-dvd8497
The laws of nature are indeed mean but this is not the only way they might have been. 'The Homesman' is conflicting world views attempting to steer their way into the path of history. It is a shame then that the meanest, drunkest individuals are most successful at getting their way.