The Assassination of Jesse James

The Assassination of Jesse James

By the Coward Robert Ford

DVD - 2008
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Robert Ford joins Jesse Jame's gang, only to become resentful of the legendary outlaw and hatch a plan to kill the fastest gun in the West.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, 2008
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 ASS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 160 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4 in

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PatrickT
Feb 22, 2010

Not as boring as I was led to believe by the critics. Just about worth sitting through

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AS1987
Jun 23, 2009

A great period piece that attempts to document the downfall of one of the greatest outlaws of all-time.

If you're looking for a typical shootem' up western, then this is not the film for you. It is a much more emotive retrospective on a great american story, and delves into an extremely complex relationship between James and Ford.

Technically, the film's cinematography is stellar.

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joseph
Aug 11, 2008

Skip it - Long and drawn out. This movie could've easily been presented in 90 minutes - get to the point, would be a good theme of every movie.

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Michael
Jul 15, 2008

This movie's title - "The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford" (apparently, Brad Pitt insisted on it, in his contract) is an early indication of of what's in store: Too long by half and a sprawling waste of time!
Anyone whose seen Brad Pitt in, say, "Thelma and Louise"; "Interview with the Vampire"; "Se7en"; "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"; the 3 "Ocean's" fliks; or "Snatch" - my all-time favourite Brad Pitt movie - would have to wonder: Is this for real - or is he just sleep-walking thru' his part?
Similarly, if you look at what Casey Affleck does in the really memorable "Gone baby Gone" - the other movie he appeared in 2007 besides this yawner - you got to ask... "What's going on"?!

Here are two of the most relevant actors in Hollywood today, being lead by the nose by an unknown auteur, Andrew Dominik. He wrote the screenplay and directed our usually reliable pair in only the second movie he's ever crafted - steering them and everyone else in this film right into oblivion over the 2 hrs and 40 mins he took to tell this popular American folk-lore fable. The intent was psychological realism. The effect was instead, a colossal bore.
What really kills me is that this was on several movie critics' Top Ten list for 2007!

I have to wonder what it is they saw in it because for sheer entertainment - this movie really sucked. There was one exception: Roger Deakins' extraordinary cinematography. The landscapes of the movie (mostly in Alberta and Manitoba) lingered long after the movie's end.
Still, the late great Robert Altman did it much much better back in 1971, in his revisionist western "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" - a movie with similar pacing. looks, and feeling. But Altman was smart enough to include a young and very beautiful addition: Julie Christie in her prime, making Warren Beatty, the Brad Pitt of that generation, go all ga-ga over her!
Maybe a strong female role in this otherwise misogynist snoozer, might have saved it. As it is, this version of the Jesse James saga misses its mark - by taking too long in trying to achieve anti-western realism, at the expense of the viewer's good will for western myth.

Anitka Mar 27, 2008

Great movie. Higly recommended.

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paulh
Nov 17, 2008

paulh thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Michael
Aug 26, 2008

Michael thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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paulh
Nov 17, 2008

(from the back cover of the DVD)

"Friendship becomes rivalry and the quest for fame becomes obsession"

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paulh
Nov 17, 2008

Coarse Language: Coarse Language

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