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LarryNaselli.com
Monday, September 10, 2007
Don't Miss This Train

I saw "3:10 To Yuma" Friday night with my wife. This is a great movie.

I was surprised that the theater was only 1/4 full for the 10pm show on opening Friday night, but it was nice that the audience was devoid of the usual collection of loud-mouthed idiots and courtesy-free youths, all of whom must have been down the hall for the opening of "Balls of Fury."

A couple of cautions:

a) 3:10 To Yuma is appropriately rated "R." Don't bring the kids to this one. It's rough in violence, intensity and language, along with a brief, but unusually sublime, moment of female partial nudity.

b) The feature presentation may be preceded in your theater by previews of two upcoming movies, starring usual suspects, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. I don't recall the titles of these works of Leftist propaganda, but they demonstrate that Hollywood hasn't tired of browbeating American audiences with demoralizing anti-American claptrap.

And now the good stuff: All the acting is excellent, top to bottom, with Russell Crowe playing an unforgettable and complex bad guy. The writing is superb, with credible dialog and a story that draws you in from the first scene and keeps you riveted throughout the efficiently used two hours.  The chase and fight scenes are also believable, which is becoming a rarity in an age of CGI and directorial one-ups-manship.

Aside from Russell Crowe's brilliant portrayal of the villan, I loved the moral tale of a father's attempt to give his son a noble and heroic legacy on which to build his life. So as not to spoil the plot, I'll say nothing more than that adults should not miss this outstanding movie.


Posted by larry_naselli at 11:10 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2007 3:06 PM CDT
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