WWTW Rewind: ‘3:10 to Yuma’

WWTW Rewind: ‘3:10 to Yuma’

Westerns are dead. Long live “3:10 to Yuma.”

Director James Mangold’s “3:10 to Yuma,” a remake of the terrific 1957 western, didn’t revive the genre like some folks hoped. But it proved plenty of good stories still wait to be told from the wild, wild west.

My Washington Times review recaps the film’s many highlights.

I recently caught up with the original, which starred Glenn Ford in a rare villainous role, and found it held up remarkably well. It got re-released on DVD last year when the remake hit theaters, but it didn’t have any tasty extras beyong a glimpse at the Mangold update.

As taut as the 1957 version is, the remake improves upon the source material. And let’s hear it yet again for Russell Crowe, who plays the wickedly compelling Ben Wade. We know Christian Bale takes the less flashy role as the rancher trying to save his farm, but this is Crowe’s movie from the opening reel.

(Photo: Russell Crowe plays a charismatic killer in the western remake “3:10 to Yuma.”)

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