Monday, January 28, 2008

3:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: Halsted Welles, Michael Brandt & Derek Haas based on the short story by Elmore Leonard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Logan Lerman, Ben Foster, Dallas Roberts, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, Alan Tudyk, Luce Rains, Lennie Loftin, Vinessa Shaw, Luke Wilson

Western about an outlaw (I think he's a bank robber? I wasn't really paying attention) who gets caught and has to be taken somewhere to catch the 3:10 to Yuma. I don't know, they're taking him from Point A to Point B, that's all that matters. Anyway, his buddies are following him and causing all kinds of trouble.

It's a little bit bogus - I mean, the cold hearted killer who doesn't really seem to give a shit about anybody turns out to not only be a really great guy on the inside but also stands for American values. Fuck off.

But anyway, once I got into it (and it took me a little while), I kind of enjoyed it. I have a soft spot in my heart for the Western (or maybe just John Wayne, I'm not sure. I really like John Wayne).

Okay, nobody makes Westerns like the Italians (or the Japanese), but this was pretty good, if a little bit America-y. It was very well done, nice scenery, and it had a good bit of old west action. You know, there was a shoot out at the end and all. That was great.

The biblical quotes got on my nerves a little bit, but there weren't too many of them. Christian Bale and Russell Crowe were both very good. I couldn't understand most of what he was saying, but it sounded sexy.

The cowboy look is good on him, I must say. Christian Bale looked like a lizard with a beard, nothing anybody can do about that, but Russell Crowe did look good in a cowboy hat. Russellrussellrussellrussellrussell. Maybe if I say his name enough times I can summon him. That'd be cool.

I like Russell Crowe better than John Wayne. And, yeah, Christian Bale was good too. I'm sorry I said he looks like a lizard, but... well, he kind of does. Nothing wrong with that. I love lizards.

And hey, Ben Foster plays a psycho. Groovee.

Anyway, yep, I enjoyed the movie pretty good (what? oh well), pretty good western. Not a lot of old-timey westerns come out these days (isn't there one out with Brad Pitt or something? I dunno, it's got a really long title. And I still think Clive Owen should do one. Like, Shoot Em Up, but really a western. But that's just me).


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