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3:10 to P.U.-ma

Posted in Nonsense by Bridget on January 10th, 2008

Hollywood doesn’t offer much in the way of movies that wow me anymore — at least, not in a positive way. I still love watching movies. I just find it few and far between that I watch a movie I love.

Tonight’s installment, a movie we borrowed from a friend, was 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe (Ben Wade) and Christian Bale (Dan Evans). My husband and I were watching it without our usual banter in which we mock stupid plot points or complain that the background music is drowning out the dialogue. That was until the movie comes to its climax. This movie wasn’t great, but it didn’t actually suck up until the end. Then, it fell apart and fell apart fast. I’m not going to go into spoilers or anything, but suffice it to say it became preposterous that events would have unfolded as they did.

Before seeing this film, I didn’t realize that it was remake of a movie from 50 years ago starring Glenn Ford (Ben Wade) and Van Heflin (Dan Evans). I discovered that fact when I went to IMDB to find out why I recognized the actor who played Charlie (Ben Foster) in the current version. Upon learning that this movie was a remake I had to ask myself — WHY?

Admittedly, I didn’t see the 1957 version and sometimes creative liberties are taken when remaking a film. I can only hope that this is what happened and that it went horribly awry. Otherwise, I would like an explanation as to what prompts filmmakers to go with a story in which the plot crumbles a second time. Why go to that well? Moreover, what were Russell Crowe and Christian Bale thinking when they read the script?! Did they really get to the part where the climax begins (and sucks) and think, “Oh yeah! I gotta make this film.” It’s not like these two guys are hard up for work or anything.

Really, what is Hollywood thinking?

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  1. beth said,

    on January 10th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    So I shouldn’t get this from Netflix, that’s what you’re telling me?

  2. on January 11th, 2008 at 9:19 am

    So funny because just this morning Channel 8 gave this movie an 8. I trust your judgement better.

  3. Bridget said,

    on January 11th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    @beth Unless your taste is less discriminating than mine, don’t get this. However, in our interaction with one another, I feel that you and I have similar taste.

    @Dana Is that the Moss Man who gave it an 8? He’s a Hollywood Suck Up. A shill for the establishment. 😉

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