Literature adapted on to celluloid calls for intense scrutiny by critics and fans alike, and the same holds true for remakes of classics. Therefore it entails immense passion, guts and perhaps a gentle sense of insanity when one undertakes the risk of filming the remake of 3:10 to Yuma, the classic 1957 adaptation of the Elmore Leonard's short story Three-Ten to Yuma.
3:10 to Yuma

In the arid west, making a living by honest means seems like a distant dream- the core conflict in Dan Evans’ (Christian Bale) life. Dan Evans, a crippled civil war veteran and a rancher on the breadline is about to have his ranch seized by a local money monger whom he owes funds. To make matters worse, the impoverished rancher has a tuberculosis borne child to look after apart from a wife and a rebellious adolescent son. Evans encounters the callous desperado Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) as he and his gang use Evans' cattle as a road blockade to ambush an armored stagecoach. As fate would have it, the two meet again, this time with luck not on the side of the outlaw Wade. During an edgy conversation between the duo, Wade is captured by law enforcers, and is slated to be taken to the ‘3:10 train to Yuma’, to be incarcerated in the Yuma Prison. Crippled by debt (and crippled physically), Evans in a desperate attempt to protect his ranch agrees to deliver Wade for a $200 fee. Thus begins an expedition which is taxing for both men, physically, psychologically and even morally.

The film’s main attraction lies in the antithetical characters of Evans and Wade. Wade antaginizes and mocks, never leaving a single opportunity to provoke Evans while concurrently displaying a fondness for the latter. Evans on the other hand, despite being intimidated by the alpha male persona of Wade, battles the temptations proffered by Wade, striving to hold on to his moral values. As the journey rumbles on these two opposing forces begin to bond over honest confessions and develop an uncanny respect for each other.

Visually the film paints a plausible picture of the Wild West, reminiscent of old Clint Eastwood starrers. While at times the sequences  appear to move a tad slow,  the tension between the characters create enough suspense to keep the audience hooked on, with the background score playing a pivotal role in building that intrigue.  Although a touching tale, the celluloid adaptation of '3:10 to Yuma' seems completely character driven, and the climax despite being an unpleasant one, seems credible enough with the prime characters finding redemption in their own twisted ways. Director James Mangold has taken the original story by Elmore Leonard and narrated it with an artfully filmed tale of redemption while retaining the age old western appeal.

Flawless performances by both Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, backed by memorable dialogues, suspenseful scenes and rousing gun-fire sequences pour life into this fable, propelling its relatability in the realms of modern classic.

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1 Comment:

  1. Neha said...
    yup 3:10 to Yuma, may not be as stylish or as rugged as Eastwood movies, but thrives on it's emotional appeal and great acting. Not the ideal movie for hard core western lovers, but yeah definetely worth watching

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