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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Western | 160 minutes
3,50 1.791 votes

Genre: Western / Drama

Duration: 160 minuten

Alternative title: The Assassination of Jesse James

Country: United States / Canada / United Kingdom

Directed by: Andrew Dominik

Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell

IMDb score: 7,5 (191.832)

Releasedate: 7 September 2007

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford plot

"Beyond the myth lies America's greatest betrayal"

A film about the legend Jesse James seen from the point of view of Robert Ford, who not only admired the fastest shooter in the Wild West, but also joined his gang. Slowly but surely, Ford realizes that James is not the perfect hero from the books.

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Onderhond

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Not bad, for a Western.

It's definitely not my genre, but this one seemed a bit more atmospheric than the average Western. That proved to be the case, which, despite the lengthy playing time, kept it fascinating until the end. It will never be my favorite genre, but this was a positive discovery.

A look at fine actors helps, of course. Pitt, but especially Affleck, are doing very well. If you still have people like Rockwell in backup, then you just have a skilled cast. But it is mainly the visual, in combination with a nice soundtrack, that gives this film something extra.

Yet the setting and the characters never really appeal to me, so it never really sticks. Visually, it is not at that level that it immediately makes the film a masterpiece. Far above average, certainly for a Western, but that's about it.

3.0*

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