Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

I have been wanting to do a blog post about this film for a quite some time, but wanted to make sure I said all the right things. At the same time, I feel I could go on and on forever about how much I enjoy this film, so I have chosen to briefly explain a few things I admire about this film and sum up the post with some film stills and clips.

When I first saw The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, I had watched it after doing a report on Jesse James for school and was curious to see how this film portrayed his last days. After seeing it, it became an all-time favorite. Every time I watch this film, I find new unique aspects to it and discover how brilliant the entire production truly is every time.

Like I said, I could go on forever about this movie, but one of the things I admire that I must mention is how the film is technically a western as it involves Jesse and members of the James gang, but instead of focusing on adventurous escapades, it focuses on the painful ways of life that came from living as an outlaw, so in actuality the film is really a drama.

Partial to that, most people found the film to be extremely long and slow, and at two hours and forty minutes, it is. However, what I really like about the length and even the slow pace is that with each scene, more and more tension builds up with each character and as well as within their relationships with one another, particularly the relationship between Jesse and the Ford Brothers. The performances by Brad Pitt (Jesse James), Sam Rockwell (Charlie Ford), and Casey Affleck (Bob Ford) fully allow the audience to feel the anxiety that would normally consume anyone in Jesse James' presence. It's no wonder after watching the film, the audience feels a bit drained and exhausted.

Besides the great writing, acting, and amazing direction, the film has stunning cinematography and art direction, one of the reasons why I decided to mention it on the blog. To me, this film is so good and is full of so many strong acting moments, interesting plots, amazing music, and extremely beautiful cinematography. Definitely worth seeing, if you haven't already.

Here is one of my favorite scenes:

Here is the trailer:


  1. I liked this film. First time i tried to watch i wasn't in the mood for the format, but when i was I throughly enjoyed it!! Loved the soundtrack by Nick Cave as well!

  2. Yes, when the train comes in, the music plays, the men with the sheets on their heads...well, it is so erie and beautiful. It just takes your breath away. I know some say it is a slow moving film but it is worth the slow movement for the visuals and acting. I agree with ya.

  3. Definitely, the music is fabulous! I can't even think of anything that I don't like about this movie, lol.