Sunday, 11 November 2007

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Dir: Delmer Daves (Demetrius and the Gladiators, The Hanging Tree, Cowboy)
Cast: Glenn Ford, Van Helfin, Robert Emhardt, Richard Jaeckel
USA ,1957

Seen: November 5, 2007 thanks to Mpix

Reason to see: For Western month, and also curious as to the comparision to the 2007 remake

The film starts with a great opening sequence highlighting the title song. We are soon introduced to one of our two protagonists, Ben Wade played by Glenn Ford who is one charismatic thief who can get on a horse as easily as a bartending pouring a drink. Add to the mix our second protagonist Van Helfin as Dan Evans who is down on his luck but a do-right guy. The crux of the film is the interplay between the two and a moral dilemna. Both characters are played well and interesting and it's great fun to watch the banter as the film goes on.

In comparison to the 2007 remake the two films are very similar. I do think the newer version makes the situations more extreme, and the original was more about a person's character. The original is more charming and the remake is more violent, neither of which I find particularly surprizing. They are both well worth watching.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'd watch it again
I'd recommend it

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Suzie Ridler said...

I didn't realize it was a remake! I did a double take reading this, LOL. I think I may have enjoyed the original more as I like character-driven stories more than action-driven. Fascinating Shannon!

Jamie said...

When we went to see the recent one I had no idea it was a remake. I guess I'm not that up on my westerns. (Clearly that will be different after this month) The first one sounds well worth the watch as well!

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