Brad Pitt may cut a menacing silhouette but it's Casey Affleck's performance which arrests your attention. Playing Bob Ford, a youngest brother struggling with self-esteem and identity issues, Affleck's eyes are so locked on their subject you're relieved he is not looking at you, his smile is charming and predatory in equal measure, and his manner...well, that's just otherworldly.
This movie's box office prospects aren't overwhelming, but all the talk will be about Affleck, and he should be a strong contender for Best Supporting. This one is unusual for a western, not so much for the psychological complexity of its characters, but for the depth and directness, almost pureness, of their portrayal.
Between what will probably be limited but very high-profile awards buzz and the nature of the story and performances, this picture (I don't want to type that title again) should do very good DVD business.