The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 
Hipster for a Day (Nick Powell)
Chris is busy with work and such, as well as making awesome images for my site The Cinematic Katzenjammer, so I decided to take over filmhipster for the week. He wanted me to just be a Hipster For a Day but I figured I’d stretch it out a few days because, screw it, I can. I thought of ideas of what I could do, feature wise, and I decided to keep Chris’ review format but give it a theme. Thus, filmhipster is getting Rockwell’d. Yes, you heard it right. A week of movies starring my favorite actor, Sam Rockwell. Shall we begin?
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Who knew that a western about one of history’s biggest outlaws would also be one of the most beautiful films ever made?
Film #068 of 2013
Director: Andrew Dominik Cast: Brad Pitt [Jesse], Casey Affleck [Robert] & Sam Rockwell [Charley]
Plot: Robert Ford, who’s idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. Source IMDB.com
Hipster Nicks’s Review: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (you always have to say the full title) is an absolutely gorgeous film that tells one hell of a story. Part western, part drama, the film is a slow burning character study set to director Andrew Dominik’s mesmerizing camerawork. The movie will haunt you and linger with you, as will Hugh Ross’ narration. While the film is driven powerfully by Pitt and Affleck, the movie also has one hell of a supporting cast with many familiar faces popping up everywhere, all worthy of being a part of the film.
“You ever count the stars? I can’t ever get the same number, they keep changin’ on me.” Jesse
- Brad Pitt’s eyes and haunting glare
- Casey Affleck stepping out of his brother’s shadow and showing the world he can definitely act
- The assassination scene
- The cinematography
- The Rockwell: Brief, but solid while providing a little bit of comedic relief
Biggest Surprise: The fact a gritty western could look as beautiful as this does, and have a story to match the visuals.
Biggest Let Down: Hardly a problem, but it is 160 minutes long.
Does he get the “bad” guy in the end? It’s in the title, so the build up is even more suspenseful.
Worth a Blu-ray purchase? Hell. Yes. It looks even better on Blu-ray.
Similar to: The Proposition , Red Dead Redemption [Video Game, 2010].
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