Smell of Popcorn

film reviews & musings by Max Lalanne

A long-overdue appreciation of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Posted by Max Lalanne on August 18, 2012

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Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt as a shadowy mob enforcer, is one of the most highly-anticipated titles to be released later this year. Truth be told, I wasn’t as excited for the gritty crime drama as others, but that’s perhaps because I hadn’t yet seen The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which I called “elegiac and lyrical, hauntingly grim and poetically gloomy” in my latest review for Static Mass Emporium.

I absolutely loved Dominik’s second feature film, unlike so many others. And I had had an odd feeling that I would love Jesse James very much for a good many months before finally popping in the rented DVD. Honestly don’t know why I had waited that long to see this film, but boy, am I glad I did. It’s a true shame that it isn’t on Netflix streaming, readily available for unsuspecting audiences who might expecting an action-packed Western…and instead will land on one of the most remarkable films from the past few years.

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