3:10 to Yuma Reviews
Good acting from both the girls, particularly the strong wife. A good scene, for itīs theme, in the beginning, with the husbandīs impotence, guilt, his manhood a weight on his shoulders, interacting with the strong wife, who passively questions him. His actions in the face of necessity, his manhood, his power. Would things be different if the rifle were in her hands? If she was born a man, could she make ends meet? The show-stealer though is obviously Ford. Helplessly charming, the suave bad-boy...the barmaid never stood a chance. And the conversation with the wife at dinner...the tension...The protagonist is perfect in his role of doubtful "hero", but I was honestly distracted by his munchkin face. Took away from his performance for me.
So, good acting, interesting themes throughout, but ultimately a bit boring, and nothing visually great. A movie can't be considered a classic based on the themes it handles. Interesting, yes, but watching it start to finish you just donīt feel itīs a great movie, or even a good enough one to give a passing grade to.
I will edit if I watch it again and I change my mind.
I especially enjoyed Glenn Ford's character. Even being the bad guy, he had this charm and charisma that made you like him right from the start. Then when you see how truly smart he is with all his psychological mind games, you see what unique character he is.
I couldn't help but notice that some of the locations are referenced in Red Dead Redemption, one of my favorite all time games. It made me nostalgic.
Overall, wonderful movie with an ending and characters that I feel like is more suiting than the 2007 remake.
The story concerns Van Heflin, a small-time rancher whose gang captures a murderous robber, Ben Wade (played by Glenn Ford). After Heflin tries to put him on the 3:10 to Yuma train, his gang are not impressed and they try to free him.
The two leads give very good performances, and Daves' direction does not get in the way of the action. The screenplay by Halsted Welles is very well written, and this is one western that is worth watching, with the dramatic moments keeping you on the edge-of-your-seat and there is a good amount of tension as well.
It is the constant battle, moral and mental, between outlaw Ben Wade (played by Glenn Ford) and his captor Dan Evans (played by Van Heflin) that make this movie interesting. So many opportunities for Evans to do something different, something unethical, but will he take them.
It is the performances of Ford, especially, and Heflin that make this movie watchable.
I enjoyed the 2007 remake more. Wasn't brilliant, but flowed better and while it had some plotholes and implausibilities, they weren't as bad as in the 1957 movie.