The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
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International superstar Brad Pitt (Troy) stars as legendary outlaw Jesse James in this Western drama based on Ron Hansen's best-selling novel The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.A charismatic, superstitious and moody man, Jesse James (Pitt) presides over a ragtag gang of outlaws who fear his quick temper and even quicker shooting ability. Young Robert Ford (Casey Affleck - Ocean's Twelve) worships Jesse and joins the James Gang, only to become resentful of his hero. Intent on taking Jesse's place, the young upstart hatches a plan to kill the fastest gun in the West. But after gunning Jesse James down, Robert Ford lives out the rest of his days tormented by the cold-blooded killing of his former mentor.]]>
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All in all, I'm glad I read the reviews of others, quite well done and I have a new insight into old Afleck - so much so that I bought "Gone Baby Gone" just to see if he was as good as I thought.
Casey Affleck portraying Robert Ford just gave me the creeps. He played the role well. I would not want to turn my back on this guy at all, let alone sleep under the same roof. Even if I had a gun by my side cocked and loaded.
However, I am drawn to his character and it's my favorite in the movie.
Brad Pitt obviously can act and did an excellent job portraying Jesse James. Though his character seemed less interesting.
Overall the movie is worth watching, but not with younger children or with your favorite woman by your side. Maybe some women will like this, but it's mostly dark, depressing and creepy at times. Definitely not a chick flick at all. So be warned if you want to snuggle up and watch this together.
I do like the time period......The open landscapes and backwoods feel to it all. The way they dressed back in those days is really awesome as well. Some of the music and purposely blurred screenshots were okay, but nothing to write about (Wait a minute...I just did write about it).
Well go ahead and watch it..... Especially if you're drawn to this genre of movies.
I watched this movie last night (Instant Video). It was late at night. Films that carry one along with story, sets, charisma, action, humor, etc, will carry me through an enjoyable movie experience. If that's what you're looking for, I would not recommend viewing this movie with that passive frame of mind. I briefly fell asleep a couple times (10 min each) watching this film.
I purchased the movie, so I will watch it again when I'm in a more contemplative frame of mind. It's a docudrama. (I may certainly revise my review then.)
This was the finest acting I've ever seen from Brad Pitt. He brings the core of character into himself, and with subtlety the communication of the character is complete, effortless, and often riveting. Casey Affleck also enveloped the character well. Although, I should note, these characters are presented as "the same size as life", as opposed to "larger than life". It's like watching colleagues doing their every-day work.
I would suspect for most, one would have to have an interest in this subject matter, or this type of film style, to feel it was worth their entertainment time investment.
BRAD PITT plays JESSE JAMES (he is magnificent in this role) and CASEY AFFLECK plays ROBERT FORD (stellar, understated performance). The remaining cast includes Sam Shepard, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, among others. The movie is narrated. It was filmed in Canada and the CINEMATOGRAPHY is BEAUTIFUL. The movie begins with the last JAMES' GANG train robbery and onward until his death.
This is not an action movie, although there is some GRAPHIC VIOLENCE. This film is CHARACTER DRIVEN and the casting and acting is PERFECTION. The pace of the movie is slow, which did not bother me at all. It is a long movie, but I was never bored. I ENJOYED it thoroughly.
Some may see this as an "art" movie. Die Hard it's not. If Die Hard is your standard, you will probably find this movie to be a miss.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this film, but sparingly. AGAIN, I ENJOYED it THOROUGHLY.