Thursday, February 14, 2008
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The title of this film leaves little to the imagination of said movie's climax. With this Jesse James movie it is more about the journey to the end and learning what makes these two character's click. I am glad to say that this journey pays off.
The Assassination of Jesse James... begins with the outlaw already a household name. The James gang are left with a rag tag group, and Ford to do one last heist, a train robbery. Once the job is done the gang goes separate ways. Jesse invites Robert to stay with his family; this is when we start to see the man- crush inside Mr. Ford really start to take shape. The movie does have a rather long run time, but it is not a problem because the film takes it time to show the deep and inner conflicts of every character. Brad Pitt gives one of his best performances in recent years. Casey Affleck really shows his range as an actor in his performance as Robert Ford. Seeing his character evolution in the movie is a real driving force for the movie. The production on the film is some of the best I have seen in years. The film was shot by one of the best cinematographers working in Hollywood. His name is Roger Deakins and if you are not familiar with his work look him up on www.imdb.com and take a look at the list of films he has done the cinematography for. He is up for two Oscars this year one for The Assassination of Jesse James..., and the second one is for No Country for Old Men.
For the most part this Jesse James tale is a great one; however, if you are seeking popcorn pleasures and instant gratification this one may not be for you. If you DO want to see this film, sit back relax and get ready to enjoy a motion picture. I give The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford a B- Enjoy!! ~Caleb