An interesting look at celebrity, and the associated resentment its glorification can manifest. The film deconstructs the antiero myth, to show us the obsession for recognition it can breed. Affleck and Pitt's performances are excellent in their own right, but their dynamic together contrasts so fascinatingly, making for some of their best work. The unpredictability of Jesse James' character allows for tangible tension throughout its runtime, even in its meandering moments.
The real specialty of the film, however, is Deakins' cinematography, in what may be his best work. He displays an absolute masterclass with the dream-like shots he paints of western landscapes, the staggering use of natural light, particularly at night, and even his ability to maintain tension and focus on every word uttered by a character for long periods at a time in smaller domestic environments.
A deep character study with a masterful technical foundation.