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Outlaw Jesse James is rumored be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action elevates their target to near mythical status.
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…
Dominik's best film.
Pitt's best performance.
Deakins' best work.
Affleck's perfect performance. That is not an exaggeration. Perfection is the only word for what he achieves here.
Made me forget, again, that I really don't like the western genre.
Legend was he could stop a train by staring it down.
The villain dies a villain's death, the coward, however, goes out alone. These golden wheat fields that never fail to make me somewhat religious reminds me of Malick's Days of Heaven, upped to a whole new level with the addition of Roger Deakins, being a ~ godsend ~ as always, stops at nothing to craft heart-stopping sequences like the opening train robbery. (Train emerging from darkness, light illuminating masked figures in the woods, Deakin's spell casted on every frame.) Brad Pitt is as menacing as Daniel Plainview, his presence is a continuous jump scare, adjusts his mask like a true fashion model, every close up of him is an ad for Prada or some other capitalist bullshit, I swear, even the wind dares not blow his direction. Just brilliant filmmaking, acting, storytelling.
I've had this DVD sitting on my shelf for the better part of a year now, and for some reason I just never got around to watching this film at all. I thought it would be good, but I didn't expect it to completely blow me away. Everyone is just fantastic in this. Casey Affleck was born to play Robert Ford. Brad Pitt reaches for his inner Tyler Durden in this skin crawling portrayal of the infamous outlaw. The narration is fantastic. The music is spot on. The cinematography is haunting. Just, every little detail about this film felt absolutely perfect to me, I quickly fell in love with it, and I believe it to be one of the greatest…
”…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…
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…
More macho bluster with lots of soulful self-regard which sometimes seems like self-pity. If this was about the idiocy of American worship of morons who shoot people in the back, it might have seemed less indulgent, but it's too obsessed with notions of cowardice.
Roger Deakins, Casey Affleck, and Brad Pitt are the only people who keep this movie from being an unbearable 2 hour and 39minute biographical film.
the last 20 minutes of this is a definite 5 star endeavor. made the first two hours of being creeped out by casey affleck make sense.
There were at least three instant classic revisionist westerns released in 2007, they being No Country for Old Men, There Will be Blood, and the present film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and I'll dare to say that The Assassination of Jesse James is the best of the three. Besides featuring the most incredible performance of them all (Casey Affleck gives one for the ages as Bob Ford), none of the other three, as gorgeous as they are, let themselves fall into the unspeakable poetry of The Assassination of Jesse James, and it's not unfair to say that none of them relied as little on the script's dialogue as The Assassination of Jesse James. The…
Everyone needs to see this movie, its a really compelling story and the acting was great, I really vibe'd with this film.
Well, that was a pretty danm good movie after all.
this film is perfection
2007 was a good year for film
This is one of my favourite movies and I finally got my girlfriend to watch it with me.
I still liked it a lot. I kind of preferred the first half to the second, but then again, not really.
The first half to me is more about the mood of the movie. Those incredible shots of the landscape along with the amazing music just make me fall in love with it again and again.
The second half then shifts focus to the characters and their struggles. The interplay of the different character's wants and needs and the tragedy that lies in it is narrated in a way that makes me suffer with them in a way that few movies accomplish.
In reality this probably isn't split in first-half - second-half that much, but it seemed to me this way. It's probably only the focus that shifts a bit.
I have been meaning to watch this for a while however I was always put off a tad by the run time, so during my western binge it made sense to give it a go.
Why I had not watched this before was beyond me, this film is stunning. With scenery you could get lost in.
Before we get to the stand outs both Renner and Rockwell are great, personally I've never been a huge fan of Renner but he adequately fits the role and Rockwell is as dependable as ever.
Pitt is fantastic, giving a great performance but for me it was Affleck who was the stand out, with a small amount of nervous dialogue he manages to convey so much emotion through his mannerisms and facial expressions that lead to some great tense scenes alongside Pitt.
A great movie and one I will definitely be watching a few times more.
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