The DVD cover of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is all Brad Pitt, stubbled and staring off into the distance; if you squint, you might spot Casey Affleck, who plays his assassin. But in Andrew Dominik’s long, melancholy biopic, the James gang steals the show: Paul Schneider, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Garret Dillahunt, and a fantastic Sam Shepard surround Pitt as a kind of perverse band of brothers. They take the pressure off Brad and free him up to strike thoughtful poses all movie long.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Warner Home Video
Out Feb. 5