“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” stars Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Paul Schneider, Jeremy Renner, and Sam Shepard. It’s written and directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper) and based on a novel written by Ron Hansen.

Robert Ford (Casey Affleck) is a 19 year old who has idolized Jesse James (Brad Pitt) since he was a child. Wanted by the law for train robberies and the murder of many innocent people, Robert Ford shoots him in order to gain fame and get the reward for his death. This is the story of the assassination of Jesse James.

This is a spectacular film. Everything is well shot and the performances first-rate. The cinematography was remarkable and it was brilliantly narrated by Hugh Ross, who has a gripping voice. Both shocking and startling at times, the whole experience was unbelievably gripping from start to finish. Featuring very strong direction by Ron Hansen, who digs deep and find the true essence of filmmaking with this beautiful film. This has everything, from style to an intelligently written script.

It is slowly paced, but the film doesn’t feel drawn out. This is certainly one of the years very best films with some moments that are sure to catch you off-guard. Most of the credit goes to Brad Pitt for portraying a character who makes every scene tense and nerve wrecking. For creating an unpredictable and ruthless killing machine with a soft core. A man with a split personality. This is what acting is all about. Casey Affleck gives a more lively performance than usual, which was acknowledged by the Academy.

Easily earning my recommendation, this is a most amazing film with some sleek, not-to-be-missed performances that will have your eyes opened wide. Brad Pitt delivers the goods, swinging from one mood to another, always catching you by surprise. With some stunning camera work and one of the years best performances by Brad Pitt as the cold-hearted outlaw Jesse James, this is clearly a must-see movie event.