Saturday, March 8, 2008

Movie Review: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck

Director: Andrew Dominik
Genre: Drama
Rated: R

I'm usually not one for slow methodical dramas, but this movie is a huge exception. Just as the title of the movie is detailed so is the movie and the story it tells. Brad Pitt is great as the intimidating Jesse James. Casey Affleck is excellent as Robert Ford. I also thought it was masterfully directed. Casey Affleck was nominated for an Oscar as was the cinematographer.

The movie details the last few weeks in the life of Jesse James after his heyday of train and bank robberies. Jesse James is somewhat of a celebrity and he receives admiration from some, but mostly everyone fears him. He knows his life is winding down and he feels severely disjointed. Enter Robert Ford, who was the biggest fan of Jesse James when he was growing up. As a adult, the quirky Ford learns to know the real Jesse James and his feelings change.

I really don't understand the low reviews for this movie. This is great movie making and I would recommend this for any adult. Give the movie a chance. It is a little long (around 159 minutes), but I think it is well worth it for any movie fan. Schedule yourself two and half hours off to watch this movie.

"Jesse James is bigger than you can imagine."

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