THE HOMESMAN is the fourth film that Tommy Lee Jones has directed -- two for the home screen (The Sunset Limited and The Good Old Boys) and two for theatrical release (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and this new one). As well as being a first-class actor who can handle both comedy and drama, Jones continues to grow as a filmmaker. The Homesman is such a fine and intelligent piece of work on so many levels that it constitutes a "don't miss" effort --
which many of us unfortunately did.
Glendon Swarthout). Even better is the manner in which Mr. Jones (above, right) -- as director, co-writer (with Wesley A. Oliver and Kieran Fitzgerald) and leading actor -- has managed it.
Hilary Swank giving one of her best performances as the woman in charge -- and actors the likes of James Spader, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson (above, left) and William Fichtner in small but choice supporting roles. The three mad women are played quite specifically and well by Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter.
Rodrigo Prieto. The sense you have of time and place is always correct, while the behavior of every character on view seems believable, if sometimes wanting. The movie is really a one-of-a-kind in so many ways that you'd be foolish to let it pass you by. It's available now on DVD and Blu-ray and probably streaming via several of the usual sources.