“3:10 to Yuma” is a Western with an Odd Sense of Heart

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Western, Crime/Gangster and Remake
Running Time:
1 hr. 57 min.
Release Date:
September 7th, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for violence and some language.

Directed by: James Mangold

JJ Rating: A-

Dan Evans (Christian Bale) a rancher and his two sons William (Logan Lerman—most likely known for being Bobby in WB’s Jack and Bobby) and Mark (Benjamin Petry) went to go get their cattle. The cattle were used in a heist of a coach that was orchestrated by Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his gang of mean, mean men. Ben and his men leave and Dan gathers his cattle but finds Byron McElroy (Peter Fonda) still alive. He ends up helping him until the men from the town that was waiting for the coach come and take over. Dan ends up being part of a crew that is to take Ben to the 3:10 train to Yuma…hence the name 3:10 to Yuma.

I do not like Westerns. I think they are bland and are all the same. I guess I shouldn’t think that but I do. So I rarely bother seeing them. And sense those don’t happen often in today’s Hollywood I don’t have an issue. But then this movie comes around and it has Christian Bale in it and I’m drawn to it. I really like Bale. He is one of my favorite actors because he has yet to disappoint me. He has a good track record with the movies he has chosen to be in. Then I heard it was a remake and felt bad because I never seen it let alone ever heard of it prior to this. So it goes on my list of movies I need to see. So of course I cannot state if this one is better than the older version which was made in the 50’s.

3:10 to Yuma has one thing that I really liked which were morals. It was not the black and white kind that makes it easy to see but there were morals until the very end. They were not morals that were only used by the ‘good’ guys they were also used by the ‘bad’ guys. It really should be stated that it’s an odd sense of morals. Normally I would have a favorite scene and I do I just can’t really say anything about it because it’ll ruin the outcome. But I have to say that the ending is one of my favorite scenes. I like how Dan was a father and I like William the son and I like Ben the supposed bad man.

Crowe was not the very first choice to have for this movie they wanted to get Tom Cruise but that fell through. So when Crowe said yes the movie was kick-started again. Eric Bana was their choice for Dan opposite of Cruise. Unanimously Russell Crowe, James Mangold (Director) and Cathy Konrad (Producer) decided on Christian Bale instead. I’m glad that it was a Crowe and Bale instead of a Cruise and Bana. I like Cruise and Bana but I see them as too ‘nice’ and not enough grit to pull off a Western.

Crowe and Bale’s performances were outstanding. I was impressed, yet again, with the both of them. While Bale would be pushed around in scenes I would say, “Come on pull on the cowl and punch them and the face and say I’M BATMAN!” Ha. I was also impressed with Logan Lerman’s performance as William. It was also a nice added treat to see Alan Tudyk as Doc. He was also in one of my favorite scenes with a shovel and the scene after an explosion. Ben Foster played Charlie Prince and through the whole movie I was racking my brain on who was he and where did I know him from. It annoys me when I see an actor and I can’t place them. Foster did an outstanding job as a villain. I really did not like him. I could not find a redeeming thing about his character. Then I came home and looked it up and found out that he played Angel in X-Men 3. I felt better and more at ease and less annoyed after that.

3:10 to Yuma is a western I actually like and I’m actually considering buying it. I think that if you like Westerns this one will not disappoint and that if you don’t like them you might be pleasantly surprised like I was. The movie is evenly paced and it has the right amount of speed for the story it’s telling and the end just might make you tear be it for the good or for the bad guy…that’s something you have to decide because this movie, as a whole, has an odd Western sense of heart.

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