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Movie Review: 3:10 to Yuma September 27, 2007

Posted by judylobo in Movie Reviews.
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reviewblogpic1.jpgMovie Review: 3:10 to Yuma

Alternate Title: High Noon Meets Gunfight at the OK Corral

Story: Run, drive or take the A train to see the engrossing, entertaining and terrific film, 3:10 to Yuma. I don’t know what I was waiting for but I am glad that I conquered my distaste for westerns and went to see this movie. This is not your 1950’s version of what the old west was like. The good guys and the bad guys are not as black and white as they used to be. There are many shades of pale here.

This is a remake of the 1957 version starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin and is based on the Elmore Leonard short story. Director James Mangold (Walk the Line) updated the look, the pace and dialogue for current mature audiences (written by Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas).

The story revolves around getting outlaw Ben Wade onto the 3:10 to Yuma to get him tried, convicted and hung for his many crimes. The rode to Contention (love the name of the town) is quite a bumpy ride. Down on his luck rancher Dan Evans needs the $200 payment to get this family off of the road to homelessness so he takes the thankless job of escorting Wade to the train.

The character development, the moral dilemmas, the wit, the charm and the action kept me riveted throughout. The story is simple, the characters are not. I cared about every single one of them.

Saddle up and git to the theater for this fine film.

Read the whole review on this 9 Lobo Howls film including these categories: Acting, Predilection, Critters, Food, Sex Spectrum, Soundtrack, Opening Titles, Visual Art, Theater Audience, Weather, Sappy Factor, Quirky Meter, Squirm Scale, Drift Factor, Predictability Level,Tissue Usage, Oscar Worthy, Big Screen or Rental and Length.

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