Monday, September 03, 2007

3:10 to Yuma Good...but 10 seconds too long

Every now-n-then you find a great movie ruined by an ending that defies credulity. 3:10 to Yuma has solid cinematography, great action sequences, inspired casting, a group of actors that all fit their parts, a well written and executed script, and it all comes crashing down at the very end with a whistle and a smile. The last 10 seconds of the movie ruined an almost perfect Western. Of course, one can argue that 10 seconds in ANY movie shouldn’t ruin the movie but in this case you go from the hero and the anti-hero being larger than life and the son who finds new respect for his father and grow to the man who can escape it all…to a stupid action movie ending that didn’t fit and made all the sacrifice superfluous. Russell Crowe should have known better and the director should have known better. Both this movie and Open Range (Kevin Costner’s epic western from a few years ago) hold your attention throughout…but I felt Open Range was a better movie and felt right.

All that said…I do recommend you go see the movie…just close your eyes after Russell Crowe gets on the 3:10 train to Yuma and don’t let that last 10 seconds ruin a great film. Standout performances by everyone most notably Peter Fonda as the old timer who’s seen too much and knows his time is about over, Ben Foster is perfectly cast as the as the psychotic Charlie Prince and both Russell Crowe and Christen Bale hold the screen with their performances.

One note…how come the bad guys in this movie shoot so bad?