Earlier this week, Netflix delivered 3:10 to Yuma to my mailbox. When the film was in theaters, a friend saw it and told me it was the best western she’d seen in years. Maybe she said it was the best western ever. Don’t remember for sure.
Well, guess what? My friend was right. This isn’t just a great western. It’s a great movie. I never saw the original so cannot do a comparison. Certainly watching Russell Crowe (even as a bad guy) and Christian Bale (a favorite of mine since he appeared as a kid in Empire of the Sun) for two hours isn’t hard to do. They were both superb in addition to being easy on the eyes. But it was the redemptive little twist at the end of the movie that was icing on the cake for me. Subtle and perfect.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I highly recommend it. I gave it my first five star rating of the year on Netflix.