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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…
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.
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…
"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…
"Don't that picture look dusty."
i swear i didnt watch it in the first place because of brad pitt i swear
The pace of this film was bit slow for my taste, but otherwise it has a lot going for it.
The story of Jesse James and Robert Ford is well written and directed, with great performances all around, especially by Casey Affleck. The score and the voiceovers set the mood perfectly for this dramatic Western, but what really stands out is the cinematography. Some shots are downright mesmerizing, possibly Deakins' finest work.
The moments leading up to the assassination are incredibly tense, even though you know what's going to happen. That ability to create such tension in a film about real events is always a good indication of quality.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford( jesus, what a mouthful) is simply put a masterpiece and has no flaws( that I can see anyway). It tells an intriguing story, in a very intriguing way. It's got very interesting and well fleshed out characters( mainly Jesse James and Bob Ford). It also has a great script and wonderful dialog.
There are so many other great things about it though. The spectacular acting from it's great cast( Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck have never been better imo). Also has an overlooked, but still great performance from Sam Rockwell. The cast also includes some well known names including Jeremy Renner and Sam Shepard( though neither of them have…
Masterpiece( more thoughts coming later).
With the help of beautiful imagery. fantastic music and terrific performances the story of Robert Ford is told in a great way.
Although you know how it's going to end, you still are captivated by the great acting by a fantastic cast. Casey Aflfleck shows a terrific perfomance. Maybe his best ever. You really feel his pain. Pitt is also really good. Not a part what you would expect by what he's done before this. The rest of the cast is great in supporting those two.
The wonderful direction by Dominik, of whom we will see incredible things in the future. The beautiful images shot by Roger Deakins with the different filters and lenses and camera effects. And than there's…
film #20 of the may '16 scavenger hunt
task #10: a post-1990 western
casey affleck was very good, but this was maybe a bit too slow and too long for me. very pretty visuals, and i can't fault the slowness because it's necessary to the movie. i love brad pitt
The shadows of history. Details lost. Images created. Blurred borders remove context, motive, reason. What's left is a dusty picture. Don't blink or you might miss key information. History and myth presented closer to reality. But still ambiguous. Very cool.
#LassassiniodiJesseJames propone un west catatonico e trasognato, quasi metafisico. Realismo di gran maniera e ostilità per il divertimento.
not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…