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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (Single Disc)

Featuring: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck & Brooklynn Proulx

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

| | See all LionScrutiny's reviews (9)

Don't listen to the hype. The reason to why people review this film negatively is simple, these are the people who own 15 DVD's and just watch movies for the sake of it. If however you are passionate about films, and can appreciate acting and directing to a higher extent then your in for a treat (although I must admit I didn't enjoy it the first watch, It was the second time that got me). Needless to say Brad Pitt created an image of Jesse James that will never be forgotten. Sam Rockwell (Green Mile), one of the most underrated actors ever (but don't get me started on that), was absolutely fantastic as always. But much credit is due to the phenomenal Hugh Ross, who did the greatest narrating job I've ever heard. Book a night off, get some peace, and enjoy this film. It takes some serious work to pull off a 3 hour film successfully.

  Boring boring boring!! Avoid!

| | See all Benny1234's reviews (14)

This film is one of the slowest moving films I have ever seen. And to make it even worse its incredibly long. Its utterly awful I cannot understand how so many people give it good reviews. It nearly became the first film I ever turned of half way through and didnt finish watching! It may well be artistic but we honestly did not understand the characters, what was really happening and why everything was sooo slow paced, its terrible! You have been warned!

  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!

| | See all SECTION8's reviews (1336)

It opened on five screens, made around 150000 Dollars on opening weekend and trousered a total US gross of 4million from a budget of around 30million dollars. Make no mistake this movie, like its subject, is an outlaw. Dense, difficult, murky, notorious, left to brood in the shadows while lesser films guzzle up the limelight. But despite its commercial flatline, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford is very much alive a hoary story from America's fledgeling frontier that's swirling with comment on modern times.
James was a farm boy who turned freedom fighter after his ranch was ravaged by Union militia during the Civil War. When the Southern cause was lost, he kept up the lifestyle brutal signature robberies hyped (by others and himself) as raffish banditry.
So that's self promotion, publicity milking, political spin, celebrity as currency, fame for fame's sake, the misguided glamour of infamy..... It couldn't be more now. And yet no one bothered to see it.
They missed what was, pound for pound, the most nourishing cinema trip of 2007, punchy, precision storytelling, lyrical writing ("Insomnia stained his eye, like soot") and luminous, honey glazed photography from the Coens' DoP Roger Deakins. Director Andrew Dominik's unhurried takes unfurl aching emotional panoramas, inviting all but the most chronic remote-twitcher to settle back and sip the intoxicating imagery.
All the 'action' is there in the infernal whirring behind Pitt's misted eyes. It's a supreme performance haunted and hunted, soul crumbling from the slow motion panic of guilt and paranoia. But as his stalker/successor Ford, Casey Affleck is nothing short of miraculous, a wolf in weasel's clothing, eyeing his quarry with the crazed craving of seducer, soul-stealer, redeemer ("I believe I'm destined for great things!")
So if you're still resisting the prospect of a lengthy meditation on the symbiotic relationship between false idols and their besotted worshippers, now's the time to submit in a fidget-friendly environment..
No. It isn't 'boring'. It's languid, elegiac filmmaking with brains and breadth. Park that lust for quick-fix kicks, drift into Dominik's richly realised world and do your bit to help this criminally unloved crim flick to a Shawshank-style DVD rebirth.
It's not going to be everyones cup of tea, but for those who have the time this is a film that needs to be absorbed rather than watched and ejected and forgotten.
See if you like......
True Grit (2010)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Dances With Wolves.
The Thin Red Line.

  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!

| | See all MovieAddict's reviews (1336)

It opened on five screens, made around 150000 Dollars on opening weekend and trousered a total US gross of 4million from a budget of around 30million dollars. Make no mistake this movie, like its subject, is an outlaw. Dense, difficult, murky, notorious, left to brood in the shadows while lesser films guzzle up the limelight. But despite its commercial flatline, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford is very much alive a hoary story from America's fledgeling frontier that's swirling with comment on modern times.
James was a farm boy who turned freedom fighter after his ranch was ravaged by Union militia during the Civil War. When the Southern cause was lost, he kept up the lifestyle brutal signature robberies hyped (by others and himself) as raffish banditry.
So that's self promotion, publicity milking, political spin, celebrity as currency, fame for fame's sake, the misguided glamour of infamy..... It couldn't be more now. And yet no one bothered to see it.
They missed what was, pound for pound, the most nourishing cinema trip of 2007, punchy, precision storytelling, lyrical writing ("Insomnia stained his eye, like soot") and luminous, honey glazed photography from the Coens' DoP Roger Deakins. Director Andrew Dominik's unhurried takes unfurl aching emotional panoramas, inviting all but the most chronic remote-twitcher to settle back and sip the intoxicating imagery.
All the 'action' is there in the infernal whirring behind Pitt's misted eyes. It's a supreme performance haunted and hunted, soul crumbling from the slow motion panic of guilt and paranoia. But as his stalker/successor Ford, Casey Affleck is nothing short of miraculous, a wolf in weasel's clothing, eyeing his quarry with the crazed craving of seducer, soul-stealer, redeemer ("I believe I'm destined for great things!")
So if you're still resisting the prospect of a lengthy meditation on the symbiotic relationship between false idols and their besotted worshippers, now's the time to submit in a fidget-friendly environment..
No. It isn't 'boring'. It's languid, elegiac filmmaking with brains and breadth. Park that lust for quick-fix kicks, drift into Dominik's richly realised world and do your bit to help this criminally unloved crim flick to a Shawshank-style DVD rebirth.
It's not going to be everyones cup of tea, but for those who have the time this is a film that needs to be absorbed rather than watched and ejected and forgotten.
See if you like......
True Grit (2010)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Dances With Wolves.
The Thin Red Line.

  A great slow film!

| | See all dillian100's reviews (139)

Don't buy this film if you're looking for a full on guns blazing western, it's a slow, dialogue, character piece. Its really good! One of those films that is an enjoyable slow experience. Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck are terrific in their roles! The film looks great and is shot brilliantly! Check this out if you can watch slow films with not a lot of action!

  good but could have been better

| | See all katieonplaydotcom's reviews (16)

i enjoyed this film but found it slightly hard to follow,the acting was good,the story line was good but it was a bit long.Well worth a watch though and entertaining

  Takes patience......but I loved it!

| | See all Kevin1075's reviews (754)

This was one I eventually picked it up in a multi-buy a while back simply to take a chance on it, because I had never caught it in cinemas back when it first came out.

This is a stunning piece of beautifully composed cinema. Visually, courtesy of Roger Deakins, it's one of the most spectacularly shot films I've ever seen - the landscapes and vistas used to breathtaking effect. The acting is without fault, from everyone involved - especially Affleck, Pitt and Sam Rockwell - and is fantastic to watch.

But it does need patience and time from the viewer. It is a long film, and it tells it's story at a leisurely pace, following the last 6 months of Jesse James' life, from his last major heist through his titular shooting. Throughout it does seem to act as a kind of part metaphor for our present celebrity culture - after all, it's his childhood idolising of James that brings Robert Ford into the gang, and James' failure to live up to Ford's image (for several reasons coupled with other events as the gang falls apart) that leads Ford into his actions. It's also interesting trivia that the family of James' etc seem to regard this as one of the more generally accurate depictions of his story.

Some might knock a star off for the running time and slow pace etc, and I'd maybe recommend renting it for some people over taking the chance I did, as it may not pay off for everyone. But when a film is as rewarding to watch as this one is, running time is not a big problem for me - so 5 stars it is!

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  Beautiful

| | See all MichaelKBiehn's reviews (4)

This film is compelling from beginning to end, capturing your attention with beautiful cinematography and continuing to hold it with poetic voiceover work and music that remains with you long after the film has ended.

People dismiss Brad Pitt because he's a huge star and a Hollywood heart throb. However, it is his roles in films like this, Fight Club and Burn After Reading that prove he's miles ahead of many of his contemporaries. At the same time, Sam Rockwell is on top form as usual whilst Casey Affleck proves that he's an utterly convincing and talented actor.

With Andrew Dominik offering us some truly iconic moments, Nick Cave providing a moving score to frame the movie and top class performances all round, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a must see.

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  I enjoyed it and thats what counts!

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Problem with reviews is this.. just because Joe Bloggs doesn't like it doesn't mean you wont. If your unsure then there are always rentals. I was really unsure if i should dish out and get this, but at a cheap price on Play and trade, why not? well, I thoroughly enjoyed!
proves exactly what i just said, never listen to reviews, just get it and jusdge it yourself.

It's purely character driven and the acting was fantastic, there are (and satisfyingly bloody) action scenes and the killings of certain members, but they are far and few between. Reason why is because this is a film that assumes you have more than a few brain cells and unlike 4 year olds with short atttention spans, gives you STORY rather than mindless stupid junk every 5 seconds. If you dont enjoy using any brains at all or you dont like to pay any attention during a movie then stick to Biker Boyz or XXX for mindless no brainer rubbish. The film is on for a long time but i have no problem with that, if i spend money on a nearly 3 hour film then that's my moneys worth. I hate spending money on movies that are only 80 mins long.

I really dont think you should listen to bad reviews, as contradictory as that sounds. Go and rent it if your still unsure. I personally thoroughly enjoyed it.

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