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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 10:08pm on 09/09/2007 under ,
This evening, just before dinner, [livejournal.com profile] esrblog said to me, "I don't feel like working tonight; let's go see "The 3:10 to Yuma," the new Western starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.

So we did. As [livejournal.com profile] landley might put it, "Okay, that was a movie." It had a ton of story. It featured desperate people scheming against other desperate people for life-and-death stakes. It was about honor. Or maybe Stockholm Syndrome; I'm not quite sure. Like most Westerns, it required a lot of suspension of disbelief--particularly if you know anything about period firearms.

But it was an impressive story, and Crowe and Bale, as well as most of the minor characters, turned in stellar performances. I'd recommend it, not just to fans of Westerns, but to folk who enjoy good storytelling.

If it has a drawback, the drawback is this; it doesn't have a happy ending. So don't go if you insist upon seeing only movies with happy endings. Or movies without gore. (It's a Western, so people do get shot, fatally.) On the other hand, the ending it does have was very true to the way the characters develop.

To say more than that would require spoilers, so I won't.

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