Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford DVD £2.99 delivered @ HMV

Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford DVD £2.99 delivered @ HMV

Found 5th Apr 2010Made hot 5th Apr 2010
Based on the 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD captivatingly depicts the final few months of the legendary Jesse James's life. He was 34, and his days of ruthless robbing had dwindled, yet his fearsome reputation continued to swell. With an abundance of nickel-books retelling his brutal gun-slinging adventures, James (portrayed by Brad Pitt, in one his most convincing and moving roles) had become a symbolic hero for many Americans, and a dazzling tabloid icon for the 19th-century media. A particular young man seduced by the wonderment of James, the shifty Robert Ford (a breakthrough performance by Casey Affleck), wormed his way in as a James groupie, in the hopes of snagging a coveted spot alongside his brother Charley (played by the always affable Sam Rockwell) as one of the bandit's cronies. Ford, fiercely insecure and painfully aware that he would never be taken seriously by James (who, ever-plagued by paranoia and scepticism, found Ford's earnest obsession a bit unsettling), grew increasingly angry with his idol, leading to a destructive path that ultimately ended in the anticlimactic death of Jesse James--and brought the treacherous Robert Ford the notoriety he had always wanted.

Although this film takes place in the late 1800's, its eerie relevance to modern-day celebrity-obsession scandals is astounding, and adds a fresh scope to what could be viewed as just another cinematic western. Director Andrew Dominick (CHOPPER) furthers the film from its genre by banishing cliched bullet-infested showdown scenes, instead embracing the relationships and interactions of the outlaws, and creates a mood of brooding and contemplation with exceptional camera angles and lighting. His intensely sophisticated approach to filmmaking illustrates the darkest corners of the characters, and insightfully provides a deeper, heartfelt portrayal revealing what the men might have been like behind their masks.


Very tempted, is it any good?

Just to point out this is not the story of Sandra Bullock and her lying cheating scumbag husband

This is a good film at this price. Saw it recently and was rather impressed:thumbsup:.

found it slow paced and bit boring to be honest!!!

I really liked it but it is a bit slow paced. It's also not the sort of film I can really see myself rewatching again and again, it's a good rental but I can't see myself buying it even at this price.

Amazing film. This was probably film of the year in 2008. It's a slow burner but a genuine modern classic. Beautifully shot: compare the cinematography of this compared to something like Avatar and you realise how much more depth and beauty can be created in 2D.

I'm waiting for a decently priced Blu-ray to come along.

Casey Affleck was utterly brilliant in this,, you don't see that kind of performance very often

For the majority of people I would say this is very slow and difficult to get into. I don't want that to sound patronising but it's not your average high jinks, shoot out style western. It is very high quality in all other aspects though, and definitely one I'll watch again some time in the future.

£3 in Sainsburys if you want it straight away.

good film slow paced really drags you in if you let it!
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