Snoogans - wrote on 02/18/15
'Homesman' is not a typical western. The story completely focuses on the the two main characters. Both are humanized and mentally/emotionally flawed. Their journey is unconventional, but it feels much more authentically 'western' than most older films. The harsh nature of this trek is seen in the bleak environment, as well as the personal struggles of the individuals. You really get a sense of what these living conditions do to the people. It's interesting to see the changes in Jones and Swank's characters. What the journey does for them, and what they do for each other, messes with their ambitions. I really admired the new directions in the story.