As a lead up to the film “Jonah Hex” “Two-Gun Mojo” episode two continues to build the hype at a high, feverish pitch. From the beginning the witty banter and action is non-stop. We learn that Jonah Hex doesn’t shoot indiscriminately, however why he kills people will have you laughing out loud. Then there are carnival freaks and zombies. You don’t quite know what to make of this wild-west, but it is one feral ten minute ride.
The logic of the townspeople is also under suspicion as they begin setting up for a hanging – and a picnic? One thing about this town is “that [there hasn’t been] much industry since [Hex’s] hometown built its first whore house.” Apparently public killing brings out fellowship and an industrious spirit. Incorporated sporadically is commentary on the greed and corruption of city officials, the outcome of the Civil War, and the treatment of Native Americans. It’s not subtle, but what comes of it will have you jumping out of your seat.
Between the solid script, acting and chase scenes Josh Brolin’s live action movie has a challenging task ahead. The flow and timing of this motion comic makes you want to replay it continuously, if only to memorize Hex’s lines. Granted live action film is a different genre, still it will be interesting to see how the movie will measure up.
How will Hex the man who ruined the town’s entertainment and picnic escape a mob including pistol-packing, toothless grandmothers? Stay tuned and hang on.