3:10 to Yuma


Just a great movie. This is a celebration of free-spirited individuality, a classic story of rising above one’s circumstances, just like most of the good old John Wayne and John Ford Westerns of the 50s and 40s. But it’s also got a Twenty-first Century sensibility, with Russell Crowe as Ben Wade, a personable cutthroat who actually wears a black hat and Christian Bale as Dan Evans, a gimpy farmer who clearly knows how to motivate even the most desperate of men. I don’t want to spoil it, but it’s got a great script. I particularly liked the two reveals from last reel as Evans convinces the outlaw Wade to do something crazy.

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  1. […] 3:10 to Yuma: In the old Westerns, the good guy was the good guy because he was the most dynamic, driven personality in town. 3:10 to Yuma is just like that, but now the chrisma extends to the bad guy, too. […]

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