99-Word Movie Reviews: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

A cinematic western showcase for two standout performances

I only have 99 words to get my point across in these reviews, so thankfully the title of this movie sums up the entire plot. This western’s a slow burn, revolving not around action but the strange relationship between legendary outlaw Jesse James and timid wannabe Robert Ford. It’s a bit too long, and a lot of the really interesting stuff happens in the final 20 minutes, but it’s worth the watch for some career-best performances from Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, along with beautiful cinematography and a top-notch soundtrack from noted weirdo songster Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

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How to See It

AVAILABLE AT: HBOMax (Streaming) and Amazon Prime Video (Rent $1.99)


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

DIRECTOR: Andrew Dominik

WRITER: Andrew Dominik

STARRING: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner




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