Director: Gavin O'Connor
Writers: Brian Duffield, Anthony Tambakis
Stars: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor
Strength: Cast, Production
PLOT: In the New Mexico Territory circa 1871, a woman is forced to ask the help of her ex-lover to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to murder him.
REVIEW: The movie adapts numerous familiar Wild West archetypes and tries to mix them to produce something unique. There were a couple of remarkably staged segments in the film that were very entertaining and nail-biting at some instant.
Natialie Portman is the real star of the film, portraying the role of the titular gunslinger with ease. Joel Edgerton is another actor that needs mentioning. The Australian actor made-believe the Western role to perfection, getting the accent and posture just right. The cast were the strongest suit of the movie indubitably.
Even with such star-power and motivating story, the movie could not create the spark that was paramount. This is mainly due to the narration of the film, which panned out rather in a mediocre manner than what was expected from the director.
On the whole, the movie depicts a striking resemblance to the Wild West of the 1870s that is a treat to the eyes visually. However, with the likes of such talented actors the story should have been much better told. This one aspect unfortunately, brought the whole movie down.
Reviewed by Syed Ahnaf Sadeed