For every step forward with this movie, it took a step back.
It looked great, yes. But the many scenes where director Andrew Dominik blurred the edges of the screen reminded me less of an old photo than it did of an old Nirvana video. The snowy scenes were cool, yes. But geez, how many times were we going to be hit over the head that we were supposed to like this movie because McCabe and Mrs. Miller was good?
Some of the scenes were riveting, yes. But it did not need to be 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Way way way too long. Somewhere in the editing room, this could have been made into a very good movie.
Who exactly is the audience for this movie? It is way too long and way too slow for this to appeal to the 3:10 to Yuma crowd. Yet, it just isn't nearly good enough to be Oscar material. This movie is destined to disappear soon.
That being said, the post Jesse James stuff is really riveting. I would have enjoyed more of the aftermath and how it affected Bob Ford over some of the two plus hours it took getting there. I liked the whole "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend," The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence angle of the last part of the movie.
And I did like the bathtub homage to Sam Fuller's I Shot Jesse James. Watching this movie made me realize that I should have gone to see 3:10 to Yuma when I had the chance and that I want to see I Shot Jesse James again.
Directed by Andrew Dominik
Lincoln Square 12
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