This film has all the qualities that make a classic western good: a cool title song, a gripping source story taken from a story by Elmore Leonard, Glenn Ford delivering excellent work in an nontraditional role as a villain and good action. No wonder the film had to be remade 50 years later.
It's my mistake - to watch the remake first before the original. I noticed there are some differences. Especially, the ending. In my opinion, both versions has a happy ending. But the original gave some optimisms in it. 3:10 TO YUMA is a very entertaining western. This movie is quite complex, although it has just 92 minutes runtime. 3:10 TO YUMA also provides a character study and moral dilemma in its storyline...
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Am excellent Western that has Van Heflin playing the good guy who puts himself forward to help escorts baddie Glenn Ford to the titular train, this is a brisk, enjoyably tense, little film that focuses on the relationship between the two main characters and leads viewers to a satisfying, and somehow plausible, ending.
What a great film so wholesomely well made. Sadly they don't make films like this anymore. Ben Wade is a complex character willing to corrupt and confuse both sides in order to fulfil his own desires, yet he also seems to have certain standards and morals. That being said, he won't hesitate to kill those who stand in his way. Dan Evans is the only man willing to stop him, and what a joy it is to see this play out.
Under the wing of High Noon, Yuma does not reach the eloquent highs Gary Cooper and Fred Zinnemann did. The principled stance is understated and only Glenn Ford, on the other side of the battlefield, as a reputable villain, keeps the intensity levels in check. However he loses credibility after his later virtuous epiphany. The final shootout is also arguably another weak point that will not pay off for the wait.
A psychologically rich western on a small, tense scale. The story is a tale about doing the right thing, even in the face of great adversary, and almost to the point of foolishness based upon a sense of duty. That sense of duty derives not just from a moral standpoint, and a wanting to band together with the community, but also insecurities about masculinity.
From the impeccable use of space to the almost musical-like feel added by the song, this is another example of how classic Hollywood, free of pretentiousness, was ahead of modern cinema in terms of sheer craftsmanship. The subtlety also extends to Ford's performance as many don't seem to register the fact that he's being very sly and manipulative when he's wooing the female characters.
I didn't like Glenn Ford, especially his lover portrayals with Rita; but the antihero role of this movie perfect suits him. With its' theme music and the song, we can say that Yuma is the little brother of High Noon. and of course, better than the remake. 3.10/5!
Ford is brilliant in his role. Sort of a meh ending, but everything leading up to it is great. And the end isn't totally misfit either. I don't have a problem with Wade acting the way he did, but that his gang acted so "innocently" when they could take the whole town or the wife hostage.