This is one of those too rare contemporary American movies which one isn't forced to feel intellectually superior to. Not perfect, I know - the first part especially has some narrative problems, a few characters aren't always well focused (including sometimes Jesse James himself, though Brad Pitt's performance is extremely good, the best he has given till now). But I don't care: it's intelligent, and nowadays for me this is enough. And not only intelligent - visually stunning (I think I will never forget some of those American landscapes), often profound (what it says about America, American violence, American myths, is always at least interesting), and very well acted (this is the kind of "ensemble" which should be mentioned by groups like the SAG).
And since I'm talking about the acting - Casey Affleck is perfect for the role. Technically a co-lead, true, so he should probably be nominated as Best Actor, but, I mean, the Academy has made more shocking choices in the past (O'Neal, Hutton, Foxx, even Gyllenhaal) - so I'm not surprised. It happens often. What's important is the performance, and the performance is amazing - the way this still relatively young actor can so subtly express contrasting emotions, admiration, envy, love, hate, jealousy, success, failure, innocence, cruelty, self-confidence and self-hate - and often at the same time - is the proof of a major talent. I don't know what will happen to this actor, which other chances American cinema will give him, but this is the kind of performance a more experienced actor could be proud of. Rarely has human mediocrity been portrayed with such strength, and with so many nuances, on the screen - in the final fifteen minutes it reaches greatness.
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