3:10 to Yuma is a trip to marvellousness

Director James Mangold has fashioned a fantastic remake of the classic western 3:10 TO YUMA.

Russell Crowe as Ben Wade in 3:10 to Yuma

Russell Crowe as Ben Wade has finally been caught

I know that Clint Eastwood really does have the ownership on classic cowboy spectacles but 3:10 TO YUMA was remade with great vision and execution in 2007 by James Mangold and following on from his success with the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, he created a really stylish and visceral western. Seeing it again recently on DVD, I thought I should tell you how incredibly struck I was by its understated power.

You have a string of brilliant lead performances, from Russell Crowe as the killer with a possible heart Ben Wade, to Christian Bale as the honest, troubled rancher Dan Evans. There’s also have a great collection of supporting performances including Peter Fonda, Alan Tudyk, Gretchen Mol, Dallas Roberts and Logan Lerman as Dan’s son, whose determination to grow up and be a man results in a painful rite of passage.

And of course last but not least, the amazing Ben Foster, who I’ve admired since his extraordinary performance as the sociopath in Hostage and here, totally chilling as Wade’s devoted but psychopathic sidekick Charlie Prince.

There’s a ‘true grit’ to the proceedings here and a heart-stopping finale at the train station that really doesn’t turn out how you think it will. I do think that makes this version of 3:10 TO YUMA one for the history books.

Check it out.