Natalie Portman To Head West In New Film

I'm a big fan of westerns. They're my favourite genre. Science fiction might be more pervasive in the modern culture, and might be more flexible in terms of telling metaphoric stories, but I feel the western is the best genre for character study, especially the more modern, deconstructed western, like Unforgiven, 3:10 to Yuma, and the series Deadwood. I keep an ear out for any news of new westerns being made. A couple years ago, I was in my glory when 3:10, The Assassination of Jesse James, Appaloosa, Seraphim Falls, and No Country for Old Men were all released on top of one another, despite that half of those are utter crap.

So, I was excited to hear that Jane Got A Gun, which is kind of a crap title, will be getting made. It was one of the 2011 Blacklist, usually a solid source for unproduced scripts. And, it will be starring (and produced by) Natalie Portman, who I usually enjoy when she's appearing in something I can actually sit through. She has an ErdÅ‘s–Bacon number of 6, so I'll let the fact that she's a vegan slide. Here's the description:
“A woman whose outlaw husband returns home barely alive and riddled with bullet wounds. She is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm when her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.”
You might wonder why, if I like Westerns so much, why haven't I mentioned Quentin Tarentino's Django Unchained before now. Well, that is because, unlike many, I'm not that big a fan of Tarentino's. His movies are super laxative ego trips, overwhelming good ideas with cinephilic in-jokes and vanity shots. And he's directly responsible for an entire generation of independent film makers that believe filling your movie with mindless pop culture trivia and Cole Notes-style philosophy, that it constitutes being smart. That being said, Jackie Brown is still the fifth best adaptation of an Elmore Leonard book.

Via /Film.
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