I've just finished watching this film, and my goodness... how can I explain it? Spellbinding? Astounding? Devastating? Anyone else see it? If you haven't, and you really enjoy your more intelligent and deep cinema, then I can't recommend it highly enough. If you don't like westerns, or if you don't like Brad Pitt... yadda yadda yadda... get over it and buy/rent this movie. Your life will be better for it. The basic premise of the story is that Jesse James (Pitt) is in the final days of his career as a megastar criminal, struggling to cope with depression, self-loathing and paranoia. Robert Ford is employed with some of James' extended family to do a last train robbery and ends up tagging along in one way or another until... well, read the films title. Interesting twist is that Ford is a lot younger than James and has grown up in adoration of him through glamourised tales of adventure in pulp magazines (James is really a robbing murderer and general mentalist). His total obsession with him, gets warped and a general feeling of paranoia and fear ends up consuming everyone James comes across. The acting is staggeringly good. Forget Brad Pitt is in it, because he is flawless, there's a couple of moments where he acts (this sounds a bit funny...) with just his eyes and it's just sublime. Casey Affleck who plays Robert Ford is astonishing - slightly creepy and weird, but put's in an astonishing performance. Aside from the two main characters, everyone else just puts in the most subtle, brilliant performances. It's be ages since I've genuinely enjoyed a movie for it's acting (probably Rushmore?), but this is good enough to make me want to rewatch it just for that. I'll stop gushing and go do something else.