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Weird Westerns: Jonah Hex (2010)

Jonah Hex deserved better. Not the movie, but the character, as the horrifically scarred bounty hunter is the original Weird Western, having appeared in DC Comics "Weird Western Tales." He remains one of the few popular Western comic heroes, regularly making appearances despite the genre's steep decline.

He's played by Josh Brolin here, and Brolin is the best thing about the film. Brolin is a very fine actor (and the son of "Westworld" star James Brolin), and he's adept at the sort of grizzled, taciturn masculinity that plays well in Westerns, which is likely why the Coen Brothers cast him both in "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit."

He's a fine Hex, brooding and deeply pained, and also belongs in a better movie. "Jonah Hex" was scripted by Neveldine/Taylor, the directorial team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, who were responsible for the enjoyably beserk "Crank" films, but their talents weren't …

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