3:10 to Yuma Reviews
First of all '3:10 to Yuma' is better then 'The Proposition', although just as slow towards the begininning '3:10 to Yuma' has a more exciting premise and was more gripping. As well as being a better story '3:10 to Yuma' also has better characters, especially Russel Crowe's character, who is a charasmatic killer who needs to be transported to a train station by a group of police and do-gooders, one of whom is Christian Bale. I have never really been a big fan of Bale, It's not that I think he can't act (I like his films) it's just that he comes across as a bit of a prick, after '3:10 to Yuma' I feel a bit different about the subject though (maybe it's because his character is so nice?)
Another aspect of the story revolves around Bale's family, his son in particular who believes his fater isn't capable of anything and decides to sneak along behind his father on his journey. Throughout the film you discover how Bale's son is very much like Crowe's character and this makes for an intersting dynamic.
The film also follows Crowe's old gang who are trying to rescue him and reeking havok at the same time, while this is going on though Crowe's character develops an unlikely connection to Bale's which impacts the rest of the film immensely.
The end of the film starts of as just a big shootout while Crowe's gang try to rescue him, it turns into something so much better then that, it was like a 'Devil's Rejects' moment and was extremely enjoyable to watch, overall it really wraps up the film nicely.'3:10 to Yuma' is probably the most enjoyable western I have seen to date, it generally surprised me.
The most important piece in the movie is the relationship between the former soldier and the outlaw is what makes the movie so good. One minute, they'll put a bullet in each other. The next they'd take a bullet for each other.
While Russell Crowe did a pretty good job, what makes this movie so incredible is Christian Bale. He should have gotten 10 oscars for his role as Dan Evans. It was emotional and very realistic. Logan Lerman was pretty good too, even for a child actor. He does a great job playing a complicated young character. However, who did one of the best jobs? Ben Foster, as the diabolocal outlaw trying to get back Ben Wade. His role is comparable to Heath Ledger as the Joker.
There were plenty of lines that were extremely powerful and emotional. I admit that I cried when Dan had to tell his son Will to leave him.
Speaking of Will and Dan, this movie was chocfull of interesting characters. Will has a very interesting love/hate relationship with Dan, and we see that grow into a great respect and friendship later on.
However, there is one thing keeping this movie from a 100% I didn;t really get the ending, where Russell Crowe goes on the train to his execution. It would have been better if he walked of into the distance or something like that.
Overrall, Yuma was definately one of the best movies of 2007, and it will have your heart pounding all the way. It has the complexity of the Watchmen, as well as it's appeal. A very, very good movie.
When notorious outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) is captured, a posse is thrown together - including penniless rancher Dan Evans (Christian Bale) - to escort him to the town of 'Contention', where the 3:10 train to Yuma prison will arrive. Getting there is no easy task though, especially when Wade's gang are determined to rescue him.
This is a western that certainly looks like a potential classic. It has great performances; a keen eye and feel for detail; beautiful cinematography and it's based on the easily adaptable writer Elmore Leonard's book. So what went wrong? Well, for a start it could have been doing with a script that wasn't so ridiculous and insulting. Granted, the movie starts off great and really looks like it's going somewhere. Suddenly Crowe's character begins to show a different, more sensitive side, other than the ruthless murderer we were introduced to and the film goes in a completely different direction, with the last 15 mins or so completely unintelligible. Crowe and Bale put in good performances and work well together but when a script stinks, there's not much the actors can do to save it.
It starts off very promising indeed, before resorting to ludicrous plot developments, ruining what could have been a fine addition to the genre.
3:10 to Yuma? It's a shame Crowe and Bale couldn't have caught the earlier train.
I guess acting played the main role behind my appreciation for this film. I'd never imagined Russell Crowe in a negative role. Kudos to the director for taking out the best from him (of course, that's limited to my opinion). Christian Bale, as he does in most of his movies I've seen, gives a credible performance in a side role. The dialogues are excellently penned and some of the conversation between Ben (Crowe) and Dan (Bale) is outstanding. As mentioned above, the movie has nothing unusual, but goes on quiet well only to spoil the fun towards the ending. I happen to fall under the group that hated the end. I can understand the defiance of logic in movies, but suspension of disbelief doesn't work if the execution is done extremely illogically. I wonder what made them go for such a stupefying ending. Had the ending been better, I would have rated the movie 4 or 4.5/5.
First of all Crowe and Bale were just magical. I mean wow. Especially the ending. It was perfect. And oddly enough, Ben Foster's character and acting was just compelling. Something about his expression, mannerisms, everything made me like him even though he was the bad guy. Lerman (I do have a big ole soft spot for him) was great as well. The optimist, bright-eyed youth. Love it. The story and characterization was just perfect. Completely perfect. Pretty good rating for a girl who doesn't like Westerns...
AC rating: This has got to be one of the best commentaries I have heard. It was rich, relevant and interesting. Not only about story, talent, locations, but the many production problems and changes through out the process. Really very interesting! I would actually listen to this again.
While in the Golden days of Hollywood bad boy actors were embraced and sought (James Dean, Marlon Brando), today those actors struggle to become box office kings. Bale depends heavily on material - his success with "Dark Knight" can arguably be attributed to Nolan's amazing vision and Ledger's award-winning performance, but his name does not carry an A-listers ability to open a film to great heights. And it doesn't matter how well reviewed a Russell Crowe movie is, chances are it won't have a great reception at the box office.
"3:10 to Yuma" is a solid example of Crowe/Bale's lack of box office clout. A tremendous modernization of the Western genre, "Yuma" plays with the notion of heroism and villainy and wraps this emotional center with an electrifying action film. Ben Foster, who epitomizes true evil in the film, is amazing.
James Mangold is a director who tends to fluff his source material even if it's meant to be gritty (see "Cop Land" and the could've been darker "Walk the Line"), but his three actors provide the dimension and gravitas that a film like "Yuma" needs and deliver. Still despite "Yuma"'s strengths, the film only managed $53 million in domestic box office lower than it's $55 million budget.
So if you can, remove your personal distaste for Crowe/Bale's personal antics and take a look at this amazing reinvention of the Western, it's well worth it.