Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (The Film - Part III)

Enough emptying my bladder into this film’s breakfast cereal. Let’s end this on a positive note:

* From the moment Jesse James gives Robert Ford the revolver that Ford will soon use to kill him, the movie finds itself. There’s some absolutely brilliant cinema from this point on. Stick with the film, even if you’re not digging it. The end is worth it.

* Man, that cinematography... Shame they had to go to Canada for it.

* Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck both give incredible performances – the best I've seen from them.

* The music in this movie kicks ass. I thought while watching it, “That sounds like Nick Cave.” And it was (with Warren Ellis).

* Man, it’s awesome to have the Western back. There’s been so many kick ass Westerns this decade – Open Range, The Proposition, 3:10 to Yuma, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, No Country for Old Men. Jesse James falls a bit short of these movies, in my estimation (about on par with Seraphim Falls), but, man, it's nice to know it exists.

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