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Plot: When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy. Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs, to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women head east, where a waiting minister and his wife have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.
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Three crazy women for five weeks is a lot more than I bargained for.
The Homesman is directed by Tommy Lee Jones, who also co-adapts the screenplay from Glendon Swarthout’s novel with Kieran Fitzgerald and Wesley A. Oliver. It stars Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter. Music is by Marco Beltrami and cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto.
Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported East across the country to Iowa. When the men of the town refuse to stand up and be counted, single, pious and independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank), enrols for the task. Recruiting scallywag drifter George Briggs (Jones) to aid the journey, it becomes an arduous journey that will make or break both of them.
The Homesman is a tricky Western, revisionist of heart and blood, and grim in nature, it’s got a narrative that has (and will continue to do so) invited criticism from different quarters. It has been called misogynistic on one side of the fence, and feminist on the other! While there is a humongous narrative jump that has been lauded as great from some, and a film killer by others. The truth is that only each viewer can judge from their own personal perspectives. Personally I think that Jones has blended both the former angles to perfection, whilst the latter issue is to me an outstanding and brave piece of film.
The life of the pioneer women is shatteringly brought into sharp focus, right from the off there’s brutality blended with utter sadness as Jones the director cuts no corners in setting up the film. Big question then hits us in the face – just how did the Old West deal with those suffering mental disturbance? In this instance it’s to pack them off to the East where they will be tended by a minister and his wife (the latter of which played by Meryl Streep in little more than a cameo). The three women are vividly portrayed by Otto, Gummer and Richter, but this aspect of the film is only a side-bar to the crux of the story.
This is of course about Mary Cuddy and George Briggs, a man and woman at total different ends of the spectrum. She’s sad at being alone without a man, he’s more than happy to be without a woman. Everything suggests that this is going to be “one of those films” where opposites find a soul mate, but Jones and his backers may not be reverting to type? I mean for a start how interesting to find this journey going from West to East, that says much about the film right there, a pioneer journey in reverse. While the prominent ladies here may be mad, abused or needy, you will be searching far and wide for a decent man in this here tale.
The landscapes are deftly photographed by Prieto, eye opening but never to the detriment of the narrative thrust of pioneer hardship. Betrami lays ethereal piano and string arrangements all over the piece, while joining Streep in short bursts of cameo characterisations are James Spader, John Lithgow, William Fitchner, Hailee Steinfeld and Tim Blake Nelson, that’s quite an armoury of performers. Even if you can’t help but want more from them all.
But it’s Swank and Jones, a superb pairing, who give the grade “A” performances. Jones lifts his old cantankerous ruffian character to greater heights, making Briggs the anti-hero to the anti-hero. While Swank hasn’t been this great for a long time, making Mary Cuddy strong and inspiring, yet also evidently suffering inner turmoil. Swank’s turn epitomises The Homesman, shrewd and insightful, humane and heartfelt. Top stuff all round, it’s great to see modern directors confident enough to make biting moody Westerns. 9/10
> An unusual western road trip drama.
A novel based film starred and directed by the 70 years old Tommy Lee Jones. An unusual realistic western drama with a fantastic cast. It sets around the time 1850 and the story of three mentally ill wives who were transported to a safe facility by a man and a woman who hired him in exchange of saving his life. During this both way road trip, what they go through is what finely told.
Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank were excellent in their parts. She was the best, you would definitely feel her role’s eagerness to get a normal life with a husband and children. Which is very important for the personal and the social life of that time. And at this old age, Tommy Lee did a great job in all the fields he had undertaken for this project. His vision was the most appreciable.
Felt like I saw a wonderful western film after a long time. But some of the events were needed a good explanation like one of the deaths in the film. Since it was a tale of the cowboy culture era, few things were understandable, but not everyone going to get those parts. So the details were missing yet not a bad film.
The characters were not introduced in a usual way, it only goes forward by developing the story and by the end you would feel you know them enough. And at the final act, there was a couple of guest appearances and steals the show. It is not your regular western, totally worth a watch and that’s my suggestion.
Tommy Lee Jones stars, writes, directs, produces & astounds in this journey through trust & the Wild West. Splendid!
I need to get something off my chest: I’m not a fan of Tommy Lee Jones. I find him limited in range, much the same in most roles and, worst of all, he inexplicably won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Fugitive, thus depriving Pete Postlethwaite for In the Name of the Father, Leonardo Di Caprio for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Ralph Fiennes for his performance of pure evil as Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List. In modern parlance, WTF?
But periodically, just occasionally, once in a while, he inhabits the screen in a manner that forces one to reconsider one’s judgment. And so it is with The Homesman.
The Homesman is something of a surprise, and not just because Tommy Lee Jones is on remarkable form in it. Beyond a fine performance, the man writes, directs and co-produces it. Hell’s bells, when did he become so damn good at everything?
In the bad old days of the pioneers in the Wild West, Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) steps in when three women drift into various states of madness and need to be transported across the country to be cared for properly. Shunned by their husbands, denied help from the town’s menfolk and at a time where rape and murder hides behind every outcrop of rock and every gnarled cactus, Cuddy sets off alone on her hazardous journey. She stumbles across George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), a drifter seated atop his horse, with a noose around his neck, waiting for his steed to grow bored and leave him hanging. Literally. Cuddy offers to save him on the condition that he accompanies her and so begins a particular kind of journey.
The Homesman is probably described by many as a western, but that’s lazy. This is a road movie on horseback, a saunter across the plains, a journey through mistrust and emotions where a mistake or misplaced trust will result in death. It is a story of hope and love, not the romantic kind, but real love for one’s fellow human being, regardless of whether they can, or will, reciprocate.
Shot beautifully with sprawling, dusty vistas that warm the heart and prickle the nape, the backdrop is a vast canvas of character and mystery upon which splashes of colour are smeared in the shape of wandering, human dangers.
Though they say little, the trio of women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter) are far more than peripheral characters or the MacGuffin; they are the substance that binds The Homesman and the reason for the drama, gentle though it is. As we saw in Mr. Turner, such characters can so easily become pantomime animals with over performance that slaps the viewer in the face and detracts from the whole, of which they are but a small part. Not so here. Grace Gummer, particularly, as the mostly mute but vacantly animated Arabella is terrific and we want to reach into the screen and gently push her back towards sanity. It is a beautiful, understated performance that remains in mind long after the event.
Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank make a surprising double act but the chemistry is there in abundance. Both Cuddy and Briggs carry their own needs and daemons with them; neither would give the other a second glance ordinarily but circumstance prompts odd, emotional couplings and theirs is fraught with suspicion and obligation. It is fantastic to see Swank back to the form that brought her gongs and made us sit up and watch in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby. This is a far less demonstrative performance, but no less steely or impactful because of it.
Tommy Lee Jones’s performance is the most compelling, engrossing that I can recall. Beyond that, his direction is worth celebrating loudly. The Homesman is only his second feature as director (after 2006’s wonderful but little seen The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada) but there are hints that he may step into Clint Eastwood’s shoes alongside Ben Affleck and Sean Penn. Just when we think we have the measure of this tale, he belts us sharply around the jowls, proving he has the mettle to surprise and shock us out of our complacency.
Maybe, after years and years of apparently coasting, broodily on film and staring into space, it will transpire he was merely absorbing, waiting for the moment to own both sides of the screen and captivate us.
You know what, maybe he’s always been this good but I just didn’t see it.
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What a Strange, Haunting, Harsh, Brutal and Beautiful This Movie Gem Is
Greetings from Lithuania.
“The Homesman” (2014) is a western like you probably haven’t seen it yet, because i surely didn’t before. It is not a traditional western by any means. There isn’t much (almost none actually) of a traditional western genre action in this movie, but lot of things happen through this kinda slow moving and very simple, but hardly forgettable journey. Basicaly this is a road movie, set in a wild west, with some unusual company. If you think that between two very different people (5 VERY different people in total) along the way some predictable bonding will happen, you will be right and at the same time absolutely wrong, because there isn’t anything predictable it this great, haunting little movie gem. And i tell you, there is a shocking plot move in the third half of the movie, that even i couldn’t see coming and it literally left me speechless.
Overall, “The Homesman” is a great little movie gem, but it is not for everyone. Filled with amazing extended cameos, great acting by two main and 3 side characters, great and not traditional writing, superb cinematography and very solid and confident directing – this sometimes weird movie will definitely win over you, if you are tired from all superhero and predictable action movies. This is one heck of a movie.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 2 min (122 min)
Genre Drama, Western
Director Tommy Lee Jones
Writer Tommy Lee Jones (screenplay), Kieran Fitzgerald (screenplay), Wesley A. Oliver (screenplay), Glendon Swarthout (novel)
Actors Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto
Country USA, France
Awards 5 wins & 14 nominations.
Production Company EuropaCorp
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime, Fujinon Premier and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Sony CineAlta PMW-F55, Zeiss Master Prime, Fujinon Premier and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA, EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 50D 5203, Vision3 250D 5207), AXSM
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), F55 RAW (4K) (source format) (some scenes), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), D-Cinema