If you read only the description of The Homesman I’m not sure how interested you’d be (“A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.”) As the trailer begins, Hillary Swank’s monotone instructions paired with her ultra “plain” take-me-serious appearance, had me *this close* to an eye-roll…then WHAMMO. Tommy Lee Jones spoke, used his wonderfully expressive face to get me giggling, and suddenly things got interesting. Still, this adaptation (the seventh of Glendon Swarthout’s novels to be filmed) written and directed by, and starring Jones might be a tough sell if not for the crusty, old coot playing up his cootishness. This is why we love Tommy Lee, and this is why we’ll watch…well him and the rest of the excellent cast, including James Spader, William Fichtner, John Lithgow, Miranda Otto, Hailee Steinfeld, Tim Blake Nelson, and mom and daughter team, Meryl Streep and Grace Gummer. Gotta give Swank kudos for keeping that ever so straight face.
That face he makes after saying “I can see why you’re still single” kills me.
The Homesman will premiere and compete at the Cannes Film Festival, which begins Wednesday.