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

A little meandering at times, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was nevertheless an enjoyable film. Everything was very low-key and melancholic from beginning to end, which is a change of pace from the format of most modern films. It doesn’t try to force the viewer to see the events in a certain light, only presents the (semi-fictionalized, I’m sure) facts so the viewer may draw their own opinions.

However, it seems as though it tries to reach the viewer emotionally but falls just short, grasping for but never quite reaching the desired connection with the audience. Additionally, it has beautiful cinematography (Oscar nominated) and a stunning soundtrack composed by Nick Cave (who makes a cameo appearance near the end of the film) and Warren Ellis.

Starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, and Sam Shepard.

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