[Mini Review] The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Firstly I don’t think I really need to go into what this about, the title basically tells you that.

Firstly I have to say this is an amazingly gorgeous film to watch, the cinematograhpy is fantastic. Certain shots are just so beautiful and so well done, they just stick with you.

The score is stunning as well, perfectly fitting for the film. The film starts off giving us a little into on the subject of Jesse James, and we meet him before a robbery, as does a young man who idolises him Robert Ford. It goes on from there, showing us sides to the characters involved and what leads the eventual assassination.

Brad Pitt does a fantastic job as Jesse James, showing all his highs and lows. Casey Affleck yet again shines, the man is amazing. His portrayal of Robert Ford was true and real, I am glad he was the one cast for this role. Also giving a very strong performance was Sam Rockwell as Charlie Ford, especially towards the second half of the film.

I know the running time might put people off, but I didn’t even notice, it certainly didn’t feel long, and I think that just goes to show what a great movie it is.

This is a character driven piece, it is not a shoot ’em up action packed piece, and it works so well. The script is great, and well crafted. Recommended if you are a Western fan, like your character driven films, like your Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.



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