Official reviews have surfaced for 3:10 to Yuma and, as expected when you have a cast that includes both Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, they are positive.
Official Reviews: 3:10 to Yuma
So Hollywood still has it in them to make remakes that actually compete with or outdo their predecessor. 3:10 to Yuma is already being called a true Western and, to be honest, I don't know exactly what that means. Good to know the genre is having a strong comeback, anyway.
"3:10 to Yuma" is a tense, rugged redo of a film that was pretty good the first time around. Reinforced by a strong central premise, alert performances, a realistic view of the developing Old West and a satisfying dimensionality in its shadings of good and evil, James Mangold's remake walks a fine line in retaining many of the original's qualities while smartly shaking things up a bit. A Western these days needs to be more than a solid, unfussy programmer to break out of the pack commercially, but this Lionsgate release should be able to generate moderately good theatrical returns prior to a solid home entertainment life, where casual viewer curiosity will be well rewarded.
Pulling into theaters a full 50 years after the arrival of the original Van Heflin-Glenn Ford classic, James Mangold's expanded take on "3:10 to Yuma" makes for a largely compelling ride on the strength of a powerful cast led by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
But Mangold again draws memorable performances across the board, and while Crowe and Bale should figure into awards campaigning, all -- including Kevin Durand as a smirking thug and an unbilled Luke Wilson -- are right on the money.
The impressive work extends behind the scenes to Andrew Menzies' effectively parched production design and Marco Beltrami's percolating score, which subtly yet effectively signals "Yuma's" status as a thinking-person's Western.