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

US 160m, Colour
Director: Andrew Dominik; Cast: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Mary-Louise Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Shepard, Sam Rockwell

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a visually stunning and extraordinarily introverted western biopic adapted from the 1983 Ron Hansen novel of the same name. Not since McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), has an American western been as thoughtful and as stylish. Slowly paced with well-written and performed dialogue, “The Assassination” is a compelling story with flashes of violence depicted so coldly and casually that any excitement, traditionally generated from scenes such as a train robbery, are practically nullified by the introspective nature of the story telling. This is one of a small handful of dramas which have broken the romantic stereotype of the Hollywood western, and in so doing, provides a compelling narrative of one of the most intriguing characters of the old west (Klaus Ming October 2011).

3 comments on “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

  1. SJHoneywell

    I liked this movie more than I thought I would. If there’s a complaint about it, it’s that this film is slow. That didn’t bother me at all (the running time does feel a good hour longer than it actually is), but I can see others having an issue with it.

    Casey Affleck has skill, and this movie shows it.

    • Klaus

      I knew nothing about this movie until a friend recommended it. Definitely a slow moving film, but well worth the wait. And yeah, Affleck was excellent.

  2. Anthony Lee Collins

    Now I’m interested in seeing this. Agree about Casey Affleck — he was really good in Gone Baby Gone. I missed him in The Town. 🙂

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