Russell Crowe & Christian Bale are two amazing actors. So of course, there is reason to be excited for a western remake staring these two talented actors. Yet when I watched it last weekend, despite my anticipation the film seemed like it was missing the magic.
I can't figure out who to blame though. As stated already, the acting was good. The scenes, sets, story line, music, effects, camera work...it all worked. But somehow not in a way that melded into anything memorable or meaningful.
Director James Mangold did some amazing things in the the film Walk the Line. And there were moments of magic when young Johnny Cash and Tommy Cash talked in their room, there was magic every time Reese Witherspoon was on screen, there was magic when Dallas Roberts as Sam Phillips was auditioning Johnny and his band, and I can pick out a handful of memorable scenes and moments.
Maybe it's not fair to compare 3:10 to Yuma & Walk the Line.
Yet, even as I am drawn to the character of Ben Wade and Dan Evans (Crowe & Bale) there isn't that same magic. I wonder if it's faithfulness to the western genre? I'm not quiet sure.