Jesse James: Fascination turns to Obsession

15 Aug

Writer/Director Andrew Dominik’s “Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” is a western unlike anything you’ve seen before. Dominik creates a stalker/celebrity movie into a period piece. It’s a story of the last few months of Jesse James (Brad Pitt) and his outlaw gang. Robert Ford (Casey Affleck) is a nineteen year old who wants in on the gang because he is fixated by James. The film is a slow paced character study, but it works because it gives audiences time to watch the tension grow between Robert and Jesse, as well as reveal a more personal side of the James gang. Something often absent in Westerns.

The title reveals the film’s “true story” outcome, but the climatic scene holds your attention as Robert Ford makes a name for himself. I believe everyone should experience this film because of its masterful cinematography, acting, writing and directing. Its one of my favorite Westerns.


Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B+

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