“It was but nine months between the death of Jesse James and Billy the Kid. And with them, the Old West. But their legend continues, immortalized in movies even though the Western had shrunk to a few major movies a year. Let’s put it to a unremarkable average number of 2 to nearly gang dry. Quantity is however compensated by quality.
In the last decade saw very well-made Westerns like “Open Range,” “The Proposition,” “3:10 to Yuma,” and this, a movie based on Ron Hansen’s poetic tale of the James-Ford connection. Any movie that has to deal with a real-life subject gets a step-up from the fictional stories, let alone, it’s about Jesse James, the Robin Hood outlaw, somewhat venerated in his time, understood and misunderstood but a heck of a monumental icon.
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