James from Dublin, 31 Mar 2008
Amazing movie about the outlaw Jesse James, and Robert (Bob) Ford - the mild-mannered member of his gang - who would ultimately become Jesse's killer. Brad Pitt gives a strong & bold performance as Jesse, but the film belongs to Casey (brother of Ben) Affleck. He plays the likeable and gentle Bob, who idolises Jesse and would do anything for him. He was deservedly Oscar nominated for his role in a film that has high quality acting, a deep, well scripted story & beautiful cinematography. RENT IT!
maurice from Waterford, 22 Feb 2009
This slow moving account of the assassination of Jesse James seems very worthy-great cinematography, acting, costumes etc but I was left cold. It should have been a great film watching experience on paper but i could not really identify or really care about the characters at all. I did not feel sad when he was shot , I had no sympathy for his wife. On the whole they were all not particularly likeable or well rounded characters. I would only really recommend this as a docu-drama but not as a g
Slow burner linger long in the memory
John from Dublin, 07 Jan 2009
This is a slow burning meditation on the nature of bravery, with Affleck's Bob Ford by no means the coward he was remembered as. The initial hero worship by the young Ford of notorious outlaw Jesse turns to outrage and hatred as his idol mocks and abuses all those around him, and lashes out randomly with murderous paranoid violence. The development of Ford as a character is done brilliantly, chronicling his journey from idealistic boy to world-weary man. The soundtrack and imagery is pitch perfe
James from Limerick, 19 Jan 2009
Deconstructing a legend, this film charts the last days of James in a warts and all depiction of the Union in the late 1880s. This though the eyes of a wannabe famous outlaw, Robert Ford, the man who would eventually do for Jesse.
When the end comes, we totally emphasise with the assassins: such a relief that such a psychopath is finally dead. Another good performance from Casey Affleck: no doubts where the acting talent went in that family. Pitt also shines as this most unheroic of heroes.
Memorable but slow moving
Helen from Dublin, 14 Apr 2008
This is a film that should credit the scenery as a character in itself - a best supporting role! Beautifully and memorably shot, tension builds throughout the film, with as much communicated in a glance and a laugh as through the half mumbled dialogue. Similar to a movie like 'The Thin Red Line', you have to be in the mood to sit and watch the story of the tightening bind between an increasingly paranoid Jesse James and the adoring Robert Ford slowly unfold. An action movie it ain't!