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Aro Favourite Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The


USA 2007, 160 minutes
Dir. Andrew Dominik
Rating: [R]
Genres: Drama / Western


Aroview: A haunting, psychoanalytical western, revisionist in its interpretation of the relationship between outlaw Jesse James, and his eventual killer, fellow bandit Robert Ford.

From the dir. of CHOPPER, this adopts a likeminded approach to style-through-substance, crystalised in Roger Deakins’ sublime cinematography, and a complex counter-performance by Casey Affleck, who plays the film’s brooding, pathological zealot with loaded intensity and a dash of sympathy. Brad Pitt also turns in an unpleasant, antiheroic performance as the titular, charismatic misanthrope, a portrayal at odds with western mythology, but well in keeping with the film's interior character study, smuggled knowingly inside a genre more accustomed to guns and gung-ho. Score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

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  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • no extra features
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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