Who would have thought Christian Bale in a western movie would be so fantastic? I certainly didn't. But after seeing the movie on USA, God am I impressed. It might very well be the best Western of all time, beating out Ride with the Devil and Billy and the Sundance Kid.
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.