In my opinion, there hasn’t been a more wronged film in the past ten years than “The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford”. It took all of about five minutes for me to realize that I was seeing some greatness. That’s when the image on the right appeared on screen: Brad Pitt as Jesse James, standing on a railroad blockade as he and his gang began a train robbery. I was fairly certain this image would become iconic, the movie would nab Brad Pitt his first Best Actor Oscar, and it would go down in history as one of the finest westerns ever made.
Sadly, only about six people saw this thing. It was a box office failure. It did land Casey Affleck a Best Supporting Actor nomination, Roger Deakins one for Best Cinematography, and the Best Actor trophy for Brad Pitt at the Venice Film Festival. Other than that, it’s been completely overlooked. I guess what I’m doing here is trumpeting the greatness of this movie and I can’t encourage you enough to give it a shot.
Where is this coming from? Brad Pitt is hooking up with the same director, Andrew Dominik, to star in a comedic crime caper called “Cogan’s Trade”. There’s also word that Casey Affleck is going to get involved as well. Personally, I think Dominik is the next Terrence Malik and he needs to keep making movies the way that he’s made them (except “Lucky You”, it’s awful). If “Cogan’s Trade” is half as good as “Jesse James”, we’re in for a treat.