Movie Review – Assassination of Jesse James
by the Coward Robert Ford. Long movie name. Long movie too, 2.5 hrs long.
Excellent acting, excellent cinematography, excellent sound track.
Too many names, and surprisingly, for a movie this slow-paced, I had no idea what was going on during the first half of the movie – and I’m usually good at this kind of thing. My dearest boyfriend said something funny/fitting as we were watching it, “understanding is overrated.” So we just continued watching it.
There were bad guys. And bad guys killing bad guys. It was a very bleak film. One friend commented, when I described it, that it sounded like There will be Blood. I haven’t seen that one, but maybe it’s in the same vein. Parts of it were extremely awkward, as intended, and I thought the guy playing Robert Ford did a super job. I just found out this is Ben Affleck’s brother. I guess I’m out of the loop on that one. Anyway, he was excellent in the part. Brad Pitt plays Jesse, and he did a good job there too, of course. And by the time it was (finally) over, I did learn a fair amount about the infamous Jesse James. Boyfriend looked him up after the movie and confirmed the film stayed close to the facts.
I can’t decide if it was a yay or nah for me. Lots of everyone loved it so if you think you might like it, go ahead and check it out.