Aug. 14th, 2011

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I think my summation of the acting in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford goes thusly: I spent the entire movie thinking "Brad Pitt, Brad Pitt, Brad Pitt, that's Brad Pitt" but by the 2nd hour I had to remind myself that that was in fact Casey Affleck and not really Robert Ford.

Also: Sam Rockwell. Mmmmm Sam Rockwell.

Overall: I was totally into it for the first 40 minutes, totally in love with the cast - even Pitt - but then it lost me and I spent the rest of the movie alternately liking it and not really giving a damn and being confused by it. I mean, was I supposed to like James? Was I supposed to think he was this wonderful man or a mythical figure? I think the film worked better when we were looking at James through the eyes of Ford, instead of trying to make him out to be his own character. Weirdly enough I would have prefered they went the Velvet Goldmine way and made him out to be this untouchable, unknowable, secretly conflicted legend rather than try and tell us all about his health problems and how he was such a great human being. Really, he killed how many people and one of the first major things he does is pistol whip some innocent stranger and almost shoot him in the head, was I supposed to root for this guy? Though it must say something about the writing or the characters or the acting that I still loved Robert Ford's character and even felt bad for him even when he had killed 2 people.

So, yeah. Eh. Loved, loved, LOVED the cinematography. Beautiful, risky and rewarding choices there. The pacing and editing was wonderful. Actually liked the narration, felt like I was watching a documentary or something. Again, Pitt was just Pitt though he did have some good moments, but even then those good moments were overshadowed by the other actors who just are, instead of putting on a show like Pitt. But even despite that I really didn't understand all the motivations when it came to the James character, even among the rest of the cast.

Whatever. Saw it. Hi.

P.S. Anyone else have a totally dicked up update page? Mine looks like the HTML doesn't work, and it's been like this for about 2 weeks or so.

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