The Homesman – Trailer Talk

You lucky lot! Another trailer for you to behold and some more of my mumblings to go with it!

Releasing: 21st Nov 2014

Since 2007’s one-two punch of There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men, the slow-burn Indie Neo-Western™ has had something of a sub genre growth spurt. Nothing thus far has scaled the heights of the those two insta-classics, but The Homesman seems poised to try it’s best to break that dry spell.

Considering the wealth of perfectly poised traits that go into the making of one of these pictures, it’s no wonder that any newcomers wondering into these lands would have trouble achieving the same results as two (three? Do the Coens count as one or two directors?) of the best filmmakers in the world today, the Coens and P.T Anderson.

The pacing mores than in any other genre bar perhaps Horror, needs to be pitch perfect. Too slow and you end up in the snoozefest doldrums of Meeks Cutoff, too fast and loose you’ll end up washed away in the dank waters of cultural mishmash, misfire Django Unchained. The tone too is incredibly important, both No Country and TWBB have moments of levity, taking a moment to admire the absurdity in the surrounding story and giving the audience a break from all the doom and gloom. Mistrike this balance and you’ll end up either confused or bored.

That’s where the presence of Tommy Lee Anderson becomes profoundly reassuring. Not only did he appear in No Country, but he’s also behind the camera for The Homesman too, surely having watched the masterly Coens at work will have rubbed off on him. His being in the Men in Black series too leads me to believe that his comic timing is on point.

So far, so good, but what about the story? Starting the trailer on the back of a horse, noose round his neck Jones’s George Briggs is half dead and rambling to himself when in strolls Hilary Swank’s . “Are you an angel?” he asks, shortly before she saves him, on one condition, he owes his life to her and there is a mighty big task she has set out for him.

Her town has been plagued with madness and husbands can no longer deal with their crazed wives. Briggs will have to escort Mary Bee Cuddy across the wild west to Iowa, avoiding Indians, bandits and lawmen whilst taking care of three loony ladies.

So the story sound super strong and the talent behind the camera is big (Jones also has a screenplay credit whilst Luc Besson shows for a producer role) what about in front? Well, besides Swank and Jones you’ve got Miranda Otto, John Lithgow, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner, Jesse Plemons, Meryl Streep and Hailee Steinfeld. Huge!

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