Excerpt: An “old-fashioned” moviemaker (and, for that matter, movie star) dipping into an equally “old-fashioned” genre—but Jones has, it’s become clear, an inclination towards scenes and motifs that tilt a bit off-course. There’s an eerie, almost supernatural quality to their journey, from the wagon full of wailing women to unapologetically strange scenes of left-field intimacy and campfire hoedowns.
Excerpt: Before a wonky, musically folksy final scene that elicits more of a “huh?” than an emotional slam, “The Homesman” solidifies itself as a tragic, emotionally wrought piece of melancholy as bleak and harshly unforgiving as the Old West must have been.
Excerpt: Much has been made about “The Homesman” being a feminist film. Inasmuch as it features dilemmas endured by women in the Old West, the movie is really about differences between the way men and women deal with expectation and loss.