Thursday, January 15, 2009

MOVIE: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Yes. The full title is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Based on a 1983 book by Ron Hansen. As can be imagined, it is the rise and fall of Jesse James, along with the aforementioned Robert Ford. It was a slow mellow whirlwind of a movie.

To be honest, I liked it, but I didn't "get" most of it, except the ending. I got that much. But I seriously had trouble following the movie sometimes. It was a long, flowing piece of art. Required too much concentration through out the whole thing. I'd forget characters except Jesse James and Robert Ford. Everyone else was like trying to figure out which Hobbits are hanging out with Frodo Baggins.

Visually fantastic. Slow but methodical pacing. Stellar acting, especially that Aflac kid. Interesting dialog. Heavy handed, slightly stilted writing. Good direction. Had potential but only delivered in the end.

Could be a date flick. Perhaps the ladies "get" it better than I do. No way the kids would sit through it. Probably not the twenty-somethings, either. Worth a rent during a snowstorm.
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