The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford ★★★ 2007 (R)
Calling this film a western is like calling a transcontinental railroad journey a trip to the coast. Tightly wound epic, brooding and dark yet visually spectacular, unfolds at a deliberate pace as a case study of James (Pitt) and his clinging young sycophant admirer, Robert Ford (Affleck), who would become the man who finally takes James' life. Ford's hero worship turns into jealousy and then disdain in the shadow of James' tabloid celebrity. A true film lover's film, director Dominik brings a style and texture that transcends the genre. See it if you worship the craft or Pitt, or both. 152m/C DVD . US Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Sam Rockwell, Paul Schneider, Jeremy Renner, Garret Dillahunt, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Parks, Ted Levine, Alison Elliott, James Carville, Tom Aldredge; D: Andrew Dominik; W: Andrew Dominik; C: Roger Deakins; M: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis; Nar: Hugh Ross.