The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is almost
an art house film due to its cinematography style and deep and
intereststory which is based on the novel by Ron Hansen.
The premise behind
the film begins several hours before Jesse James final train robbery
and how this led to the dispersion of his gang and the eventual
murder of this legendary American character.
The movie is amazingly
directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper 2000) who does a wonderful job
at immersing the actors into this almost period drama with Brad Pitt
as Jesse James and Casey Affleck as 19-year old Robert Ford who
idolizes the enigma of Jesse and his brutal gang.
At times, the
movie is quite psychological as it gives the viewer a true insight
into the motivations of the characters in the movie that at times
seems like they are common thugs, almost animalistic in nature with
no human conscience whatsoever.
The movie also has an exceptional
supporting cast that includes wonderful performances by Sam Sheppard
as Jesse's brother and Sam Rockwell as Robert Ford's almost
serial-like killer Charlie. Match that with Warren Ellis' amazing
musical composition and The Assassination of Jesse James by the
Coward Robert Ford is a very engaging movie that will draw you
thoroughly into the beginning, until the devastating destruction of
all those involved by Jesse's legacy.
On Blu-ray, the
cinematography looks amazing and truly brings out the hues and
colours of the American landscape with extraordinary clarity. Match
that with the Dolby Digital soundtrack and this is a first
classic cinematic experience.
A brilliant story, perfect video and
audio, this movie is almost perfect!