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Westerns - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Blu-ray

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Blu-ray
Bard Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shephard
Directed by Andrew Dominik
Warner Home Video 2011
160 minutes

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Blu-ray is now available in a two pack with the 180-minute Wyatt Earp Blu-ray starring Kevin Costner. There are frequently exceptional performances in movies that are otherwise lackluster and such is the case with the meandering western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

While Brad Pitt does a journeyman's job of portraying the reputed fastest gun in the west the standout performance by Casey Affleck as the starry eyed whiny Robert Ford is the lone performance in the movie that can make this two hours of desolate shots and lean direction watchable.

The one thing that is clear while watching The Assassination of Jesse James is director Andrew Dominik (Chopper) is in love with the camera and his cinematic vision. Unfortunately for the viewer and the fan of the western the story unfolds at a pace which can put even the most ardent fan of the genre asleep. This is not the kind of slow paced tension filled unfolding of a story that we see in movies like High Noon or 3:10 to Yuma this is the kind of slow pace one endures during monotone history lessons in summer school.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is worth a look if you are a fan of Jesse James or the Missouri Partisan Irregulars beyond that it is a movie that will not entertain the majority of movie goers and even fans of the genre will be hard pressed to make it through without a cup or two of coffee.

Give this western Blu-ray a pass.

Special features for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford are a Making Of.


Denis Bernicky

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