I met with Sean for lunch the other day, and at one point we discussed that most ornery of movie blog topics; finding something to say about news that offers little in the way of meaningful dialogue. The example that came up was the recent behind-the-scenes pictures of Megan Fox on the set of the supernatural Western Jonah Hex. Since my job description basically entails covering the stories no one else wants, I figured I’d take a stab at it. Besides, I wanted to talk about Jonah Hex before I vamoose, if anyone even bothers reading past that link.
Jonah Hex is one of my favourite comics. For the longest time it was as close as North American comics got to Spaghetti Westerns, with morally ambiguous characters, spidery artwork and a horribly disfigured hero among other oddities. Despite its peculiarities, Jonah Hex rarely dealt with the supernatural, though the gothic atmosphere certainly gave some people that impression. That’s why I’m dreading this film as much as I am looking forward to it. I think Brolin is a great pick for the title character, but I’m worried the movie is going to be trading in atmosphere and grit for zombies and cheap thrills. What kind of Western do you prefer, if any? Please remember to phrase your comments in Wild West dialects.