Friday, January 13, 2012

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

3:10 to Yuma (2008) is a remake of the 1957 Glenn Ford and Van Heflin classic. Though enjoyable, the remake doesn't supplant the original. I had several issues with it, but the main one was the growth of the elder son into a main and motivating character. The father just doesn't seem nearly as noble and principled when i know he's only acting this way because his son is right there watching. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale star in this version, which is directed by James Mangold. Alan Tudyk ("Wash" from Firefly) has a good part.


Slant Magazine gives it a mixed review, closing by saying, "Energetic and occasionally inspired, it's a western that, at the moment of truth, too closely remakes when what was truly necessary was reinvention." Rolling Stone calls it "flashily entertaining". Roger Ebert gives it high praise, opening his review with this: "James Mangold's "3:10 to Yuma" restores the wounded heart of the Western and rescues it from the morass of pointless violence."

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