Notorious outlaw Jesse James is a hero to many including the young and zealous Robert Ford. A wanted man with big money riding on his capture, James’ demise may ultimatley come from within his own ranks.
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordDirected byAndrew Dominik
One of my favorite westerns, hands down. The cinematography is so on point, and Casey Affleck is particularly memorable as Robert Ford. I love the small details at play here too, such as the color aberrations around the edge of the frame and the train robbery as a tip-of-the-hat to a number of older westerns.
This came out around the same time as I'm Not There, the Bob Dylan sorta-biopic. I remember thinking at the time that they made great companion pieces on celebrity worship, specifically the myth versus the reality of a famous person's life. The casting of Brad Pitt in this is brilliant. He brought all the baggage his fame carries with him, totally elevating the stature of Jesse James.
A powerful masterpiece beautifully and poetically captures the romance and gritty realism of the Old West. Exceptionally crafted by director Andrew Dominik, with extraordinary design, stunning cinematography by Roger Deakins, and a great score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Excellent performances all around - Brad Pitt is at his very best as the legendary James; and Casey Affleck, who has been so annoying in other mo