Josh Brolin’s Superhero Western Is Now A Streaming Hit

By Doug Norrie | Published

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In a landscape where superhero movies dominate, sometimes we stumble upon one that veers off the well-trodden path, offering a gritty and somewhat raw portrayal of an iconic comic book figure. This is where Josh Brolin’s Jonah Hex, currently ranked at #10 on Amazon Prime (via FlixPatrol) in the United States, enters the scene. 

The film, which stars the formidable Josh Brolin in the titular role, embraces a dark and complex narrative, steering clear of the typical superhero movie formula. Despite it’s (many) flaws, it manages to carve a niche for itself, embodying a unique blend of the Wild West and supernatural elements, making for an intriguing watch.

Josh Brolin stars in Jonah Hex, which is currently ranked #10 on Amazon Prime video

In the rugged terrains of the post-civil war era, Jonah Hex thrusts us into the grim world of its eponymous hero, a disfigured bounty hunter with a tormented past. Brought to life by Josh Brolin’s gritty performance, Hex is a man of few words but many deeds.

Gifted—or perhaps cursed—with the ability to communicate with the dead, his skills are much sought after, even as he navigates a personal vendetta.

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The narrative unfolds when Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex is pulled into a perilous mission; the stakes being nothing less than the fate of the nation. His nemesis, Quentin Turnbull, portrayed by the seasoned John Malkovich, harbors a nefarious plan to unleash havoc and destruction upon the land. At the core of this conflict is a personal vendetta, with Turnbull holding Hex responsible for the death of his son during the Civil War.

The storyline weaves in elements of supernatural intrigue, where Hex’s abilities play a central role. Alongside Josh Brolin and John Malkovich, Megan Fox graces the screen as Lilah, a gun-wielding prostitute who shares a complex relationship with Hex. 

Joining Josh Brolin in Jonah Hex are Megan Fox and John Malkovich

Together, they form a fragile alliance in a race against time, battling both demons of the past and present. This film embraces its comic book origins, offering a visual treat steeped in dark undertones and relentless action, taking the audience on a thrilling ride in a world where vengeance reigns supreme.

Despite the strong cast led by Josh Brolin and a plot that promised intense action and supernatural intrigue, Jonah Hex severely underperformed both critically and commercially.

From a critical standpoint, the film faced a barrage of negative reviews (12 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), with critics citing a lackluster script, underdeveloped characters, and a plot that seemed disjointed and rushed. Critics pointed out that the film failed to delve deep into the rich backstory of its protagonist, making Hex’s complex character appear shallow and his motivations unclear.

At the box office, Jonah Hex experienced a dismal performance, unable to recover its production budget, which was estimated to be around $47 million. Its commercial failure was highlighted by its opening weekend gross, which was a mere fraction of the investment poured into the project.

The film’s inability to captivate audiences was attributed to its weak narrative structure and lack of depth, failing to leverage the rich source material from the comics it was based upon.

Jonah Hex was a critical and box office bomb for Josh Brolin

It seemed that Jonah Hex could not find a foothold amidst the blossoming era of superhero movies, where audiences had come to expect a certain level of complexity and polish.

Despite the undeniable charisma and effort of Josh Brolin (the dude was Thanos), the film ended up being a lesson in the importance of cohesive storytelling and well-rounded character development in adapting beloved comic book tales to the big screen. It stands as a stark contrast to other comic book adaptations of the time, which were enjoying a golden period of both critical acclaim and box office success.

In the world of comic book adaptations, Jonah Hex may not have hit the bullseye, but it still manages to bring a unique blend of Wild West mayhem and supernatural elements to the screen.

While it may not have been a critical darling or a box office hit, it’s worth a watch for fans of unconventional antiheroes and those curious to see how the talented Josh Brolin takes on the role of the scarred and morally complex bounty hunter, Jonah Hex.