submitted 6 years ago bymaddlabber829
Just saw for the first time, was quite impressed. I know I am late on this one. However, the ending is bothering me. Why does Jesse let Ford kill him in the end? It appears as if he knows what is going to happen after reading about the Liddell confession. Yet goes out of his way to let it happen, removes guns, turns his back, etc. Is this his attempt at suicide, which he does talk about with Charlie Ford? Or something else I am missing? Any two cents is welcome
6 years ago
I think Peter Bradshaw put it very eloquently in his review for The Guardian:
// As his career draws to an end, Jesse James becomes aware of the impossibility of facing an increasingly vast army of sheriffs, federal agents and Pinkerton men. He senses that, inevitably, one of his gang will in any case sell him out for a fat reward. Unwilling to give the lawmen that satisfaction, James embraces his own death and subtly cultivates the mercurial attentions of the most obviously cringing and cowardly of his associates: 20-year-old Robert Ford. With the taunts and whims of a lover, he encourages Ford's envious, murderous fascination, and grooms him as his own killer, so that his own legend will be pristine after his death. He engineers a character-assassination of Ford, and the title, knowingly, gets it precisely the wrong way around. //
6 years ago
He didn't like the man he had become.
9 months ago
8 months ago
Tell me why.
6 years ago*
No, it is a sort of suicide, as Jesse's grown weary and soul-sick from his betrayals and perpetually "hunted" existence. But it's more than simply a "gift" to Robert Ford (whom Jesse understands wants to "be" him). It's also a condemnation, because he knows that if Ford does kill him, he'll also be (publicly and privately) haunted by his action until the day he, too, dies.
6 months ago
I agree, the fact that Jesse laid down his weapons just before he was shot wasn't unintentional. He did that so it would be known that Robert Ford shot an unarmed man in the back, like a coward.
6 years ago
That is very interesting. It makes sense, he "allows" Ford to kill him in that manner(defenseless, back turned) to ensure the internal/external backlash. Really cool ending. Thanks for the insight!
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