|3:10 to Yuma|
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.