Dracil’s BlogJournal

May 27, 2008

3:10 to Yuma

Filed under: movies, Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , — dracil @ 6:00 pm

I had originally wanted to see this when it was in the theaters. But I don’t think Westerns really appeal to my friends, and I don’t really go to the theaters by myself. :P

3:10 to Yuma is a remake of a film by the same name from 50 years ago, and as such, there are people who feel the original is better. I haven’t seen the original, but I certainly liked this remake. I liked the ending too, which appears to be a point of contention between those who liked the original and those who liked the remake. Sure, the film in general is pretty fantastical and requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief (it is part action film too). But the creators make a good point (in one of the special features) that Westerns as a genre, are pretty much already mythical. The setting didn’t really exist. Instead, it was all the cool stuff happening in that period condensed into a single point in time. I suspect pirate films in general are probably similar, drawing on various stories from different time periods and putting it all into one cool action-packed setting. I think it’s just part of period films.

So yeah, you may think it would be impossible for some of the things that happened in the film to happen in real life, like the relation between Ben Wade and Dan Evans, and you’d probably be right. But it is a fictional story after all, a story about two very different men who we learn are not quite what they claim to be.

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