Monday, September 10, 2007

3:10 To Yuma

I wish I had a transcript of the 3.5 vs 4 star rating debate Darren and I had. Firstly that kind of debate can only alert the listener to the levels of minutia two guys can argue about, and secondly act as an indicator that this movie is worthy of the debate...
To simple state that the great Elmore Leonard wrote this and you need to go shortchanges the 2 stars and the terrific actor that played the brat yute in this fine remake of a timeless western..
Except that it isn't timeless. This is the kind of movie that keeps me up at night pondering the meaning of America and civilization and government and pride and all of that nonsense. Doesn't mean this isn't enjoyable as a "popcorn western" but it was not meant to be that way by any but the crassest of promotors.
There is a reason why Crowe and Bale = must see, "3:10 To Yuma" does nothing but reinforce that equation. See it.

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