3:10 to Yuma

3:10 to Yuma ★★★★½

Leagues better than James Mangold's 2007 remake, no doubt an overwhelming effect of the star power presence of Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, despite any attempt at textual comparison I could make from my limited and distant memories. And I don't like it enough to sit through a rewatch, just to point out the differences. Casting Glenn Ford against type as the villainous Ben Wade is a sly turn that gets more mileage out of the screenplay than the inherently volatile Crowe, but it also serves to build up Van Heflin's character free from distraction. The result is a true hero's journey the likes of which only a western can pull off, which increases its replay value, to the extent I would be fine never watching Mangold's again.