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This Week's Review: "3:10 to Yuma"

Neither one of these pearls of wisdom seemed enlightening at the time, but eventually their meanings unveiled themselves to me. More than anything, I appreciated his effort, especially since he died only a few weeks later.

In the years after his death I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, helping her with household chores and mowing her lawn. As I wandered about their house and property I started to appreciate who my grandfather was: a man limited in his capacity to express himself emotionally but dedicated to fault to their future comfort and prosperity.

In this weeks feature, a throwback western entitled 3:10 to Yuma, another young boy, this one disillusioned with his father, discovers that sometimes a man is much more than he appears on the surface. This realization comes after a gang of bandits unleashes a fury of pain onto their lives.

3:10 to Yuma stars Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, and a small but memorable part by Peter Fonda. However, the little known Ben Foster made the biggest impression with his turn as a sociopath outlaw. Foster is barely on the publics radar but he has all the attributes needed for a long stay in Hollywood. Look for this kid to do big things in the future.

The public tends to be very fickle when it comes to period films. While westerns enjoyed immense popularity throughout the 40s and 50s, theyre fallen out of favor in the last few decades. Granted there have been some great exceptions, most notably Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Dances With Wolves, and Unforgiven.

While 3:10 to Yuma is definitely a solid western by any definition, it lacks the depth to be considered a classic like Unforgiven. Crowe and Bale both delivered exceptional portrayals, but the overall effect of the film neglected to emotionally captivate. Check this one whether youre a fan of the genre or not. You may not feel blown away, but youll definitely be entertained. A brazen B for 3:10 to Yuma.

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