The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

 

Four stars (R)

Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck

My pick for Best Movie of 2007. Most of the time, when filmmakers portray western icons, they either romanticize the characters or go overboard stripping away the revisionist history gloss. Andrew Dominik’s film does neither. Brad Pitt’s Jesse is interesting, scary and sad, but never glamorous. Casey Affleck’s Robert Ford is just as fascinating. Is he a scrappy hero worshiper or some demented stalker? Don’t let the running time scare you, the movie is deliberately paced, but not slow. 160 minutes. DVD INFO: No extras are included, which probably means that a special edition with bonus materials will turn up in a few months

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