#401 – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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I’ve been putting this one off lately, due to the length, but finally found some time and it was well worth it! Now, I’m not generally much of a history lover – but I am a lover of a good old true story, so I’ve done a little research for you too.

The movie is set in the 1880’s and depicts the last seven months of Jesse James’ life before he was killed by Robert Ford, who once admired Jesse and tried to weave himself into his gang before eventually turning on him.

It’s a crime/drama/western with a touch of thriller; the main attraction, however, lies in the history (being one of the most accurate depictions of the tale) and the performances. Which leads me to the awesome cast: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell and Jeremy Renner being the most popular, but there’s a few other familiar faces. Casey Affleck is a perfect Robert Ford, so riveting; and Brad Pitt is, well, just his usual amazing self.

So, the history… Jesse James and his brother formed the James-Younger gang to rob banks and trains after their return from the Confederate war. There may be some confusion as to whether they were good bad guys (you know stealing for the greater good and all that), but as far as I can tell they’re mostly just messed up from the war and killed anyone who got in their way of their new career path. They were protected by their community and they were good family men who respected their wives and loved their children, but crime is just too much fun to resist. The last job they were to do was with the Ford brothers who had secretly accepted a reward to rid the world of the feared James brothers – the movie will do a better job at explaining this part than I.

From what I’ve read, there are a lot of political reasons behind the outcome of all in involved. Whatever the reason, Jesse James, became one of the most famous names of his time – isn’t that just mindblowing? Do you think that he would have ever imagined that people would know his name and reference it in pop culture over 100 years later?

I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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References:

https://www.biography.com/people/jesse-james-9352646#!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_James

 

 

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# 482 – True Grit (2010)

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Another remake that makes the list over the original. It started off as a novel by Charles Portis, then was made into a movie starring John Wayne in 1969, then another one was made in 1978 and now this newest one, released in 2010. I haven’t seen the old ones so I can’t really compare, but this one was pretty good.

First thing that comes to mind is Hailee Steinfeld, the little girl who plays Mattie, very impressive acting from a thirteen year old girl. She won the part over 15,000 other girls.

I would say it was more of a comedy than it was a drama, I was interested but waiting for it to end.
Something I think I need to introduce would be a rating system, for those movies in between love and hate… So on a scale from 1-10, 1 being hate and 10 being love, I’d give it a 5.