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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…
Film #7 of Florin's Recommendations
”…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 next, instead it’s going to tell us how…
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…
"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…
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…
...The unhurried pace may cause some to turn away, but it is entirely fitting. Dominik’s movie moves at the speed of its times. It is measured, intelligent, thoughtful. You wouldn’t rush a trip through a sepia-toned photo album, would you? No. You’d take each image in, savour it, look for correlations in photos around it. Dominik’s movie requests a certain reverence from its audience, then boldly rewards such an ask. Like Hansen’s book, it trades well on the spoilerific title; chiseling in to an inevitable event, building grave suspense over what we all know is coming...
There were some very clear The Searchers references in this movie. Most obviously the two times Dominic replicated the famous dark doorframe shot. The Searchers was the greatest Western of the 50s and most probably the best western ever made, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the best western of the 21st century. By a long way.
However, The Searchers and Jesse James differ by what you see through the dark doorframe. In The Searchers, you see a warm red landscape of sand backing in the sun, while in Jesse James you see a frozen, icy winter. This movie is freezing cold from start to finish, and that's where its greatness lies. Its…
In a world where movies are mostly entertaining, this one is a masterpiece of art.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
The last months of outlaw Jesse James' (Brad Pitt) life from the time he met young upstart Robert Ford (Oscar nominated Casey Affleck) to the time he was shot by him. Stunningly photographed (by the great Roger Deakins) and acted but it's such a deathly slow and pretentious film.
I can't believe it's taken me what feels like forever to get to this film but I finally did and it was worth taking a chance on. This is a great film: somber, intelligent and filled in the edges of the screen with nuance and detail that I can only imagine will pay off in repeat viewings.
The theme of celebrity and how certain people can be attracted to - and possibly repulsed by - is strongly felt but equally strong is the feeling that I was witnessing a tale about the same old human frailties, where death and regret are inevitable and all I could do was sit back and watch it all unfold. The only "happy" ending to…
Great Direction, Great Score, Great Actors, Just Great in general. Always makes me sad for some reason.
Well I guess I can't really spoil this movie since the title pretty much tells you what happens. A lot of people find this movie slow, but I actually was enjoying it so much it moved along pretty fast for me. Fantastic Cast in this movie especially Casey Affleck playing The second title character, everytime he is on screen you are just drawn to him, he finds a way of drawing you in and that to me is important, creating a character that you find very interesting. The photography by Roger Deakins is incredible, beautiful shots of the west, amazing candlelight work reminiscent of Barry Lyndon and the train coming out of the dark are some shots worth mentioning. Absolutely worth the watch.
The film is one that is pleasing to the intellect - a loquacious, earth shattering mind game between the always knowing James and the always deceiving Ford. And while this standoff of the mind has been done before, Dominik's directorial hand pushes the actors to such uncharacteristic degrees that I know longer identified the characters as famous actors or even people, but broader outlines of conflict defining elements. See also for Roger Deakins at a personal best.
This is my favourite film. Leaves me breathless every single time I watch it.
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