Bad Company
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Review by Ross Anthony

High quality production. The dialogue in this film sings with poetry, grit, spit, and the ring of rural America circa 1880's. You'll be listening to every word for the fire and loaded humor. The acting is also top notch. And though starved of vibrant colors to give the image a stark look, the cinematography is aggressive and beautiful. No less wonderful, the direction swells as well. If there are any flaws they fall at two points in the telling of this ever so interesting angle on an infamous American icon.

The first buckle in an otherwise compelling story occurs when Robert Ford begins to make deals with the law, this turn in his character is a major jump. Until then and even after, the twisted disquieting elements of his nature are portrayed without rush. I suspect quite a chunk of relevant film was cut out for time. Secondly, after the climax, the film indulges a bit too long in a resolution that should have been edited wiser. At the very least, Charley's fate could have been left to a white on black caption.

This cowboy film will impress its audiences with its portrayal of the emotions and psyche of these men. Casey Affleck nails the role. Be forewarned, this is not an action picture, it's long and the pace is Missouri relaxed.

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  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Paul Schneider, Jeremy Reener, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell, Michael Parks, Ted Levine, James Carville.
  • Written and Directed by Andrew Dominik.
  • Based on the novel by: Ron Hansen.
  • Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Ridley Scott, Jules Daly, David Valdes at Warner Bros/Virtual/Plan B.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)

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