Just got back from watching “3:10 to Yuma”. Actually, I just got back from Kroger. I had to pick up an Ommegang Abbey Ale and a pair of 9 volt batteries. The Ommegang went into the fridge and one 9 volt went into the squirrely smoke detector in my bedroom.
As you might guess, the fresh battery has not stopped the smoke detector from chirping every 30 seconds. It’s starting to piss me off. After ignoring one cheep every 30 seconds for something close to 4 hours last night, I am not sure I can pull another night of it. It’s got me on edge. That’s where the Ommegang comes in.
Speaking of wanting to shoot something, “3:10 to Yuma” had a lot of shooting.
I saw one review that compared it to Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven”. Don’t you believe it. It was good, especially as far as modern Western’s go but something about it left me cold. I never really came to care about the characters. I’m not sure if it was because the character development was lacking or because the good guy wasn’t that likable and the bad guy was a little too likable. You never knew who to pull for. You knew who to pull against, but not who to pull for. I feel that there was some back-story that you never got.
That’s not to say it wasn’t utterly enjoyable. It has everything you look for in a Western. The gunslinger that is almost preternaturally fast who also happens to be the sympathetic anti-hero, the rough and hard cattle rancher, the bad guy’s lieutenant that’s even meaner, dirtier and murderous than the captain (think “Johnny Ringo”), stagecoach robbing, murder-minded Apaches and plenty of gun-slinging.
It just didn’t get to me the way “Unforgiven” did. Maybe I’m just older. Cause it was pretty good. On the scale of modern Westerns, it was better than “Wyatt Earp” and “Open Range”. It was at least as good as “Silverado” but doesn’t quite reach “Tombstone” or “Unforgiven”. I might even have liked “Young Guns” more. Something must be wrong with me.
I did love the ending, which I won’t give away. It had just the right twist. Nothing too predictable. I like that.
In the end, I think the movie will earn a ton of cash and spark more Westerns. I like Westerns so that’s a good thing. Of course, most of them will be formulaic crap like “The Quick and the Dead” but hopefully there will be the occasional gem.
I gotta’ go fix that g@dd@mned smoke alarm somehow. I guess I’ll go try the other battery. If that doesn’t work, it’s going to take more than one Ommegang to get me through the night.