The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford [Blu-ray] £6.49@ Amazon

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford [Blu-ray] £[email protected] Amazon

Found 4th Jan 2011Made hot 15th Jan 2011
Probably not for the more impatient of moviegoers, but I thought this was a top movie and am sharing this with those who were waiting for a price drop. The blurb from Amazon:

Of all the movies made about or glancingly involving the 19th-century outlaw Jesse Woodson James, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the most reflective, most ambitious, most intricately fascinating, and indisputably most beautiful. Based on the novel of the same name by Ron Hansen, it picks up James late in his career, a few hours before his final train robbery, then covers the slow catastrophe of the gang's breakup over the next seven months even as the boss himself settles into an approximation of genteel retirement. But in another sense all of the movie is later than that. The very title assumes the audience's familiarity with James as a figure out of history and legend, and our awareness that he was--will be--murdered in his parlor one quiet afternoon by a back-shooting crony.
The film--only the second to be made by New Zealand–born writer-director Andrew Dominik--reminds us that Dominik's debut film, Chopper, was the cunningly off-kilter portrait of another real-life criminal psychopath who became a kind of rock star to his society. The Jesse James of this telling is no Robin Hood robbing the rich to give to the poor, and that train robbery we witness is punctuated by acts of gratuitous brutality, not gallantry. Nineteen-year-old Bob Ford (Casey Affleck) seeks to join the James gang out of hero worship stoked by the dime novels he secretes under his bed, but his glam hero (Brad Pitt) is a monster who takes private glee in infecting his accomplices with his own paranoia, then murdering them for it. In the careful orchestration of James's final moments, there's even a hint that he takes satisfaction in his own demise. Affleck and Pitt (who co-produced with Ridley Scott, among others) are mesmerising in the title roles, but the movie is enriched by an exceptional supporting cast: Sam Shepard as Jesse's older, more stable brother Frank; Sam Rockwell as Bob Ford's own brother Charlie, whose post-assassination descent into madness is astonishing to behold; Paul Schneider, Garret Dillahunt, and Jeremy Renner as three variously doomed gang members; and Mary-Louise Parker, who as Jesse's wife Zee has few lines yet manages with looks and body language to invoke a well nigh-novelistic back-story for herself. There are also electrifying cameos by James Carville, doing solid actorly work as the governor of Missouri; Ted Levine, as a lawman of antic spirit; and Nick Cave, composer of the film's score (with Warren Ellis) and screenwriter of the Aussie western The Proposition, suddenly towering over a late scene to perform the folk song that set the terms for the book and movie's title.
Still, the real co-star is Roger Deakins, probably the finest cinematographer at work today. The landscapes of the movie (mostly in Alberta and Manitoba) will linger in the memory as long as the distinctive faces, and we seem to feel the sting of its snows on our cheeks. Interior scenes are equally persuasive. Few westerns have conveyed so tangibly the bleakness and austerity of the spaces people of the frontier called home, and sought in vain to warm with human spirit. --Richard T. Jameson

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very slow film, but awesome

the slows bits have great cinematography anyway

Hot deal, ordered. The only problem with the blu ray is that it's Dolby Digital only. I really think this is unacceptable on any film. But for this price I'll suffer it.

Like watching paint dry, I gave up long before the end.

The title really rolls off the tongue

One of my favourite movies. Yes it is a slow movie but I loved it.

Going to order. Been wanting to pick it up for a while. One of my favorite movies. Not for everyone though, if youre more of a.transformers and Jason statham kind of guy its prob not for you.
Edited by: "sdavi3680" 15th Jan 2011

Brilliant movie if you like slow cinema. Just don't go into it thinking it will be a gun toting western, it's more of a psychological analysis of two very enigmatic characters. As mentioned earlier the cinematography is excellent, a good way to show off your new HD TV's powers rather than with transforming robots.

I agree with all your moans BUT in blu ray the mood & the realism makes this film slow paced & well worth watching. It's not a mile a minute rush that you watch to keep you awake but a more thoughtful insight into life changing events as it was then.
Thanks for the post.

Amazing film, seriously inderrated and deserved awards! Great cameo by Zooey Deschanel at the end too. Already got the DVD but think I'll upgrade it now at this price. Heat added!

EDIT: This is the same price at also.
Edited by: "lazboy" 15th Jan 2011

I hated this movie so much.

Maybe I should watch it again to find out if I was wrong.

Incredible film. One of the best westerns ever made in my view and Casey Affleck is one of the best actors of his generation.

Kudos on the Manic Miner avatar, runningbear!

Hot Price for a Beautiful Intelligent piece of filmmaking.

Roger Deakins is the King of Cinematography!

Great film, yes it's slow but enjoyable nonetheless and looks fantastic on Blu-ray.

Amazing film for the more intelligent movie fan.
'Saw' fans may want to give it a miss.
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