The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Long title, long running time.

But carve out three hours, settle deep into your recliner, and you’ll be greatly rewarded by this absolutely gorgeous tale of life and death in the Wild West.

The cinematography is by Roger Deakins (two Oscars, 15 noms), the man who has made so many Coen brothers stories pop, and the look of the film carries you away to a different time and place.

Once there, you get a dream-like tale of a two-bit gunman trying super-hard to impress a legendary bandit.

When that doesn’t work, love curdles into hate, setting the stage for tragedy.

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