Writer-director Andrew Dominik likes to take his time between films. Why? Because he thinks it’s damned hard work. You’ve got to wake up every morning at 5 a.m., then you have to jump through hoops and studio politics and you don’t know what the final product is going to look like until you have it. Then you gotta worry about critics and the public.
That’s partly why it took seven years for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to come out after his debut Chopper, and five years after Jesse James for his follow up Killing Them Softly.
Brad Pitt stars as Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who’s investigating a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game. The other principal actors are Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini. It’s quite a cast, and the mob genre is certainly the wheelhouse for both Gandolfini and Liotta.
I just worry the film will be way too preachy and nail your head in with a shotgun with it’s politics. “In America, you’re all alone,” says Brad Pitt in the trailer. And I’m not alone in that. Political subtext will fill this movie, including references to Obama’s 2008 speech.
But hey, when people call this film 2012′s Drive (which is kinda weird cause that would be Only God Forgives, by the Drive duo of Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn) you should probably take notice.