'Meditative' examination of the relationship between criminal superstar Jesse James (Brad Pitt) and the hero-worshipping Bob Ford (Casey Affleck) who both loves and wants to be the famous outlaw - it's almost like All About Eve, but with horses and pistols. What causes problems, however, is the picture's defiant art-house aspiration, thinking that just by showing snow covered fields and having the soon-to-die James character look twitchingly out every window he comes across it makes a 'deeper impact' than, say, just telling a story sans filler. Puffed up and self-conscious, it lacks in significance and meat, though the performances (by Pitt, Affleck and Sam Rockwell), coupled with Roger Deakins' amazing cinematography, are wonderful distractions.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Director: Andrew Dominik
Year Released: 2007