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“3:10 to Yuma”

James Mangold’s “3:10 to Yuma” succeeds on so many levels that I predict it will earn Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Cinematography. It’s that good.

The film stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale as notorious outlaw and desperate rancher, respectively, whose lives become fatefully intertwined and changed forever.

It’s a remake of a 1957 classic Western directed by Delmer Daves and starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin as the bad and the good. I haven’t seen the 1957’s version, but I suspect this may be one remake that actually surpasses the original. The film is based on a short story by screenwriter and master storyteller, Elmore Leonard.

Crowe’s and Bale’s performances are flawless. Crowe is Ben Wade—a ruthless killer and thief who leads an equally nefarious gang on crime sprees throughout the West. He is the man you should hate, but part of you longs for his redemption. He is too handsome to be pure evil, and he is an artist, which means he must have a soul somewhere. But, he chooses to saunter through the world without a conscience, discarding his pencil sketches as easily as the lives he takes.

Bale is Dan Evans, a one-legged Civil War veteran, a family man and rancher, who is struggling to save his land and feed his family. Evans’ life is crumbling, and he doesn’t know how to hold it together. When Ben Wade is captured, Evans volunteers to help escort him to prison and bring him to justice. Evans knows the dangers, but he feels he has nothing to lose. He is blinded by his desperation.

“3:10 to Yuma” is one of those films that movie buffs love to analyze—it’s rich in symbolism, foreshadowing and deeply developed characters. Great movies are often simple stories that involve complex characters. They leave us a little better able to distinguish between the good and the bad, both in others and in ourselves. “Yuma” reminds us why we love film, and why we love Westerns.

1 comment to “3:10 to Yuma”

  • avi

    “Great movies are often simple stories that involve complex characters.” This is a remarkable comment, thanks for writing it 🙂