Wednesday, May 2, 2012

3:10 to Yuma Capsule Review

Notes on the 2007 film 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Ben Foster

This contemporary western, the second remake of an Elmore Leonard novel (the first was in 1957), grinds out a low, character-establishing pace at first, but compensates for this overindulged classical feel in the second half. Ben Foster stars as ambiguously gay, tough-as-nails Charlie Prince, while Russell Crowe, as outlaw Ben Wade, winks, nods and flirts with Christian Bale's character (Dan Evan) throughout. Evans is supposed to put Wade on the proverbial 3:10 to Yuma train. It is like Crowe, playing the obviously bisexual Wade right down the middle, is making up for being unable to play the John Nash character as openly bisexual in the film A Beautiful Mind. With a marvelously surprising ending, Yuma has a lot to offer, either way the viewer looks at it.

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