A while back, I wrote a post on what was then the upcoming film of Jonah Hex. In it, I expressed the guarded hope that this newest Hollywood attempt at Steampunk would not be as horrific as the 1999 Wild Wild West film and had thus learned its lesson from the film’s failure. Jonah Hex, I had hoped, would be a wonderfully dark blending of the comic book source material of an anti-hero bounty hunter barely better than the people he hunts down and the Steampunk aesthetic.
Apparently, I am too much of an optimist.
I have not yet seen Jonah Hex, but the fact is that I don’t need to see it. Not when you get ratings and reviews like this, it’s not worth the ten dollars to pay to revel in the disaster that is Jonah Hex. Part of me wants that laugh out loud at the sheer ridiculousness of this crappy film, but the other half is making me want to bury my head in my hands in shame. What the hell is this mess? Why is Hollywood so good at making Steampunk look absolutely inane?
There’s so many things wrong with this film, I don’t even know where to begin making recommendations. As for recommendations for you, my fellow readers, may I suggest curling up with a good book over wasting a good hour of your life allowing your brain to molder at the sight of Jonah Hex.
There’s a new American West Steampunk-esque film on the horizon, a film adaptation of the Jonah Hex comic book series. For those of you not familiar with the comic book series, you can read a bit about it here. For those of you who are fans of the series, I’m afraid to say that from the trailer the story appears to only loosely follow the source material.
I personally have never read this comic series, but I knew I had heard the name from somewhere. Fortunately, Wikipedia was able to help me out and remind me that Hex had an appearance on the 1990’s Batman: The Animated Series (which is like the best cartoon series ever).
The film adaptation of Jonah Hex’s story is set to be released on June 18th to theaters. Here’s the trailer:
It remains to be seen if Hollywood can pull off a convincing retro-futuristic film, and it severely disappoints me that Megan Fox was cast in this film because her acting is atrocious and her “accent” in the trailer makes me want to punch her. That aside, I’m guarded optimistic about this film. Some of the special effects seem promising, and I can’t imagine they would do anything so stupid as the Wild Wild West mechanical spider concept which made me want to face palm myself in horror.
A person at work asked me if the film was Steampunk, and I told her it was to an aesthetic degree (from what I could surmise from the trailer). Because of this exchange, I feel I need to see Jonah Hex to know how to respond when she sees the film and starts asking me more about Steampunk based on the things she saw in the film. Was it sufficiently Steampunk? What about it is or is not Steampunk? Hard to say when you haven’t seen the film, but the fact that it was produced by Hollywood should be enough to know that this is not a purely Steampunk work (at least, in the DIY cultural sense).
It will be interesting to observe the latest attempts by Hollywood to understand Steampunk.