The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (DVD)

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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (DVD)

Based on the 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD captivatingly depicts the final few months of the le...

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Excellent

ProBeautiful to look at, intelligent, well acted

ConsDidn't like the narration, perhaps a bit too long

A review of just the film, as my DVD has no extras on it at all. It’s available on amazon for about £3, although a two-disk special edition – presumably chock full of extras – is now about the same price. Perhaps I should have gone for that one. Year: 2007 Director: Andrew Dominik Stars: Brad...

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Super

ProCasey Affleck god

ConsThe rest bad

Disadvantages: Too many long and boring bits A fist full of dollars please director! That's the last time I listen to BBC film critic Mark Kermode's film picks! He said History of Violence was really good and then said Eastern Promises was definitely worth a watch, which I now know was based...

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Super

ProBrad Pitt, good story

ConsVery long and slightly boring middle hour

The Assignation of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford is a film which I had been meaning to see for quite some time as it stars Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt plays the part of Jesse James. The film is set in the 1880's in America where Jesse James and his brothers are wanted in over 10 different states...

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“Just like Jesse James”

published 01/04/2010

ProArtistically powerful, great acting

ConsVery slow and long in parts

Not only is the title of this epic 'Western' long, but the film itself seems to go on forever. Jesse James is one of the most spoken about outlaws of the Wild West's history. Whether or not it is truth or legend that propels the various Western accounts that we so often are given in cinema, there...

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Good

ProGreat performances, pathos

ConsOverlong and indulgent

note: also appears on my film review website, ShaunMunro.co.uk, and Dooyoo, thanks! The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, aside from being a mouthful, is one of the stranger pictures of the year, spinning an “art house” twist on the tale of Jesse James, and his assassination...

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Excellent

ProGreat photography, scenery, Brad Pitt!!!!

ConsA bit long

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford My husband and I just bought this DVD at the weekend from HMV. It was £10.99. They did have a two disc DVD with Special/Bonus features which was £14.99 but we decided to go with the cheaper one. I had been wanting to see this movie ever...

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Super

ProGreat Acting and directing

ConsVery long, Not watchable enough to buy

The film follows the last days of Jesse James' life from the day he first meets his assassin Robert Ford till his death. Casey Affleck plays Robert Ford, an insecure 19-year-old young man who idolises Jesse James and gets a chance to first meet him by being brought along by his older brothers to...

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Good

“Yawn im gonna fall asleep.”

published 06/02/2010

ProMade me get an early night of rest *yawn*

ConsBoring-Unnapealing-Repettative-Way too long

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert ford is defiantly one of the most unappealing films of the year for me. Mainly because at first glance it did in a strange way appeal to me but as the film went along I lost more and more patience with the film. This film is about the last...

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There have been a spat of westerns over the last few years, with the excellent 3 10 to Yuma leading the way, but here it's Brad Pitt's turn to try his hand at the wild west. Robert Ford, a longtime fan of the cowboy Jesse James, wants nothing more than to join his hero and his gang, but when he...

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Excellent

ProCinematography, acting, score

Consnone

Just saw the film at the cinema and its an elegiac epic rumination on the nature of fame and notoriety. Jesse James is a man who has outlived his time. The legend has been created and he and his brother are like ghosts who haunt their own lives, unsure of what to do now. The young Robert Ford is...

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Based on the 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD captivatingly depicts the final few months of the legendary Jesse James's life. He was 34, and his days of ruthless robbing had dwindled, yet his fearsome reputation continued to swell. With an abundance of nickel-books retelling his brutal gun-slinging adventures, James (portrayed by Brad Pitt, in one his most convincing and moving roles) had become a symbolic hero for many Americans, and a dazzling tabloid icon for the 19th-century media. A particular young man seduced by the wonderment of James, the shifty Robert Ford (a breakthrough performance by Casey Affleck), wormed his way in as a James groupie, in the hopes of snagging a coveted spot alongside his brother Charley (played by the always affable Sam Rockwell) as one of the bandit's cronies. Ford, fiercely insecure and painfully aware that he would never be taken seriously by James (who, ever-plagued by paranoia and scepticism, found Ford's earnest obsession a bit unsettling), grew increasingly angry with his idol, leading to a destructive path that ultimately ended in the anticlimactic death of Jesse James--and brought the treacherous Robert Ford the notoriety he had always wanted.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>Although this film takes place in the late 1800's, its eerie relevance to modern-day celebrity-obsession scandals is astounding, and adds a fresh scope to what could be viewed as just another cinematic western. Director Andrew Dominick (CHOPPER) furthers the film from its genre by banishing cliched bullet-infested showdown scenes, instead embracing the relationships and interactions of the outlaws, and creates a mood of brooding and contemplation with exceptional camera angles and lighting. His intensely sophisticated approach to filmmaking illustrates the darkest corners of the characters, and insightfully provides a deeper, heartfelt portrayal revealing what the men might have been like behind their masks.

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