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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Beyond the myth lies America's greatest betrayal
Everyone in 1880's America knows Jesse James. He's the nation's most notorious criminal, hunted by the law in 10 states. He's also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. Robert Ford? No one knows him. Not yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He'll befriend Jesse, ride with his gang. And if that doesn't bring Ford fame, he'll find a deadlier way.
This is my first viewing since the film’s original release back in 2007 and I feel incredibly foolish for not having re-watched it sooner.
Quite simply The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a work of staggering brilliance and arguably the finest Western of the last twenty years. It is a film that exists on the border of two worlds - on one side it mythologizes the transitionary period of American history via the fable-building narration and dreamy photography, and on the other it slowly and methodically demystifies the characters that populate it and the falsehood of celebrity. It is this contradiction that is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the film and mirrors the inner-conflict…
”…Rooms seemed hotter when he was in them. Rains fell straighter. Clocks slowed. Sounds were amplified…”
Okay, we know what’s going to happen, we know that a coward and weak character, named Robert Ford is going to kill the famous wild west outlaw Jesse James, we know who is who before even watching the film, Andrew Dominik’s audacious masterpiece has nothing to surprise, we know that there’s not going to be a twist, there’s not going to be a WTF moment, everything that we’re going to see is compressed in the title, that’s all.
So this film is not going to be about what’s going to happen…
"He's just a human being."
#5 on Berken's Favorite Movies Of All Time
In retrospect, it makes perfect sense how much I loved The Assassination Of Jesse James, given how Andrew Dominik here assimilates the strengths of my three favorite modern filmmakers and repurposes them into a new and potent concoction:
1. The slow-burning cynical character studies, thematic purpose, and powerful, naturalistic performances of Paul Thomas Anderson.
2. The stylized period dialogue and shocking outbursts of violence of the Coen brothers, not to mention the brilliant eye of their famed collaborator, cinematographer Roger Deakins.
3. The thoughtful, elegiac tone and elegant, repeated musical leitmotifs of Wong Kar-Wai, especially In The Mood For Love.
Granted, Dominik can't quite match Wong's skill…
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was a total afterthought in my film universe for years. The title was memorable for me simply because of it's length, but it carried no real resonance with me besides that. My expectations for the film were so low that, to be honest, when I read extremely positive reviews on Letterboxd I had trouble buying into it. How could a film mean so little to me, a film that sat so far off my radar that it practically didn't exist, yet be this good?
I looked up the director, found the name Andrew Dominik. Who? A name that meant absolutely nothing to me, a tiny filmography of three films associated…
What a breathtaking gorgeous picture The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is. Unbound beauty. We are all aware by now of the director of photography, the master Roger Deakins, who has proved his astute sense of vista and marvelous photography, not only with The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but on many other occasions as well. I could watch a three hour movie of sunlight inundating empty rooms, people walking around corn fields with the wind whistling by or riding through snowy forests all the time. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is not just a movie, it's a moving painting bro. Hear me out!
As I said,…
Cinematography - Roger Deakins
Oh you have got to be joking, Academy.
Okay, now I can see why this film is held in such high regard. It's very rare in which you find a film is which nearly every single aspect of it is crafted to absolute perfection. That is not hyperbole - it really is that good. Especially the acting. Brad Pitt puts in a performance that for most actors would be seen as the performance of their career but it's hard to say with him since he's constantly outstanding. Here though, he manages to effortlessly switch between the swaggering, grinning outlaw he's cemented a reputation as and the psychotic, self-loathing depressive he's become because of his actions, and…
Vale por el título no es que haya mucho que dejar a la imaginación, por lo que lo único que queda es que el desarrollo (tanto de personajes como de trama) sea satisfactorio hasta llegar a ESE momento. ¿Y lo es? Pues en realidad no del todo. La película es... bueno, la verdad es que es bastante aburrida, y creo que más larga de lo que debería. No hay grandes acontecimientos en abundancia y ni siquiera hay apenas cambios en el ritmo, el director se lo toma todo con demasiada tranquilidad. Supongo que la idea era que ello favoreciese el desarrollo de los personajes, algo que no creo que se consiga. Ni Jesse James ni Robert Ford evolucionan demasiado, y…
It's a wonderful thing when a film is able to immerse you in its atmospheric beauty simply because of how well crafted it is. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford does just that, and it's absolutely masterful.
As the alluring title partially reveals what you're in for, the film does an unbelievably great job at capturing the vibe of its story and time period, complimented by Roger Deakins' brilliant cinematography. What especially makes this film such a gripping experience is the sense of tension and wavering trust that bubbles beneath the surface of the characters' conversations. Jesse James isn't presented as a figure of heroism in this film, but more so an ambitious man trying find…
I want to punch casey affleck in the face but in a loving way. This movie is gorgeous and really good but loooooong but really good
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Robbin' trains and killing Nazis.
That last scene is one of my favourite ever, and "Song for Bob" is one of my favourite scores ever. Beautiful film.
The supple and emphatic performances in addition to legendary visuals make this film the definition of poetry on the screen if there ever was one.
This is a Western. This is an epic. This is the assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford. Brad Pitt stars as the charismatic outlaw Jesse James alongside Casey Affleck as Robert Ford. The story is explained in the title- Robert Ford kills Jesse James. But that doesn't happen immediately, unlike a movie I criticized for revealing it's plot, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford doesn't reveal the murder but you know it's going to happen. Why? That's the underlying question that drives the movie. What causes Ford to kill James? He is idolizing if not in love with the outlaw, hell bent on joining his gang, hell bent on being his friend. What…
Sorry Brad Pitt, I rate you alot in most movies, but I just found this boring, his acting is amazing as always, just found the film dull and found my self not understanding what it was about, may re watch see if I like it
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