I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not, and never have been, a fan of westerns. I don’t care about John Wayne. I didn’t care much for Tombstone. And I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to see a western, on purpose.
That being said, it’s evident, based on my man-crush on Christian Bale, why I purchased a DVD copy of, and sat through 3:10 To Yuma. Putting aside the fact that it’s a remake, and remakes are notoriously not as good as the originals. And putting aside the fact that I don’t really like Russell Crowe. I still liked 3:10 To Yuma. Not just because Christian Bale is great in it. Or because there’s lots of gun fighting, and murder. It’s a great story, and is very well told.
The characters are portrayed great, by a great cast. Each member does their role magnificantly, and you feel like you’ve known them for years. Crowe plays Ben Wade perfectly. Evil, vile, and a horrible person overall. You actually want him to make it to the train, to be hung. You almost hate his character, which is exactly what you’re supposed to do.
I liked the gun fights, I liked the explosions, I liked the movie. I’m not sure what else I can say about it. There’s a great story, and it’s told really well. There’s little about this movie that I didn’t care for. I’m sure one could argue there were some historical imperfections (as there always are), and one could argue about the likliness of truth to any of it. But who cares? It’s a movie. And a damn good one, at that.
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