The last months of Jesse James’s life, from meeting Robert Ford, a 19-year-old who idolizes Jesse, to the day Ford shoots him. Jesse’s a wanted man, living under a pseudonym, carrying out a train robbery, disappearing to Kentucky, and reappearing to plan a bank holdup with Robert and Robert’s brother as his team. The rest of the gang is dead, arrested, or gone from Missouri. Whenever Jesse’s around, there’s tension: he’s murderous, quixotic, depressed, and cautious. Ford wants to be somebody and wants the reward. On April 3, 1882, things come to a head: Jesse is 34, Robert 20. Ford becomes famous, reenacting the shooting on stage, facing down the label “coward,” shot dead in 1892.
Written by J. Hailey, used with permission
Andrew Dominik (born 1967) is a New Zealand-born Australian film director and screenwriter. He has directed two films so far: Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. —Wikipedia
Every time I think about this movie, I love it more. The cinematography and the score are beautiful, the acting and pacing perfectly low-key.
This film may very well be the definition of 'leisurely paced' but, by God, does it earn by the end. More than just a modernist Western, this is a deconstruction of the American myth and a vivid portrait of depression. Casey Affleck's performance is so unnerving that it genuinely gets under my skin; there are times when I almost want to avert my eyes from the screen. But once we reach the third act, it's Affleck who sells us on the tragedy of Robert Ford's life. This is also very likely Brad Pitt's finest acting turn.
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