The Homesman

November 14, 2014

Hillary Swank and Grace Gummer in THE HOMESMAN.

Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones

Written by: Tommy Lee Jones (Screenplay), Kieran Fitzgerald (Screenplay), Wesley A. Oliver (Screenplay), Glendon Swarthout (Novel)

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader, Meryl Streep

Rating: R (for violence, sexual content, some disturbing behavior and nudity)

Running Time: 122 minutes

There is a surprise halfway through director/co-writer Tommy Lee Jones’ THE HOMESMAN; a “surprise” that happens as Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) and George Briggs (Jones) transport three crazy women back East. I’m assuming the “surprise” is in Glendon Swarthout’s novel that was adapted, but if you haven’t read the book it will be a bit of a shock. The film, set in the late 1880s, won’t win you over immediately… It takes its time with thoughtful pacing to grow on you. There are a couple of nice cameos by James Spader and Meryl Streep. If there is one complaint, it’s that Cuddy, played wonderfully by Ms. Swank, mentions a few times how plain she looks. Ms. Swank is not plain, even without makeup!

Grade: B+

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