I actually watched this (the original) last night after Full Metal Jacket. Two legendary films in one night, my goodness how do I cope!! Here I'll attempt to review the original and the re-make together.
Well I'll start with the fact that I did not know a single thing about the original even after having seen the re-make last year. I really liked the re-make and believe it was critically acclaimed at the time. It is quite interesting to be writing this review after reviewing the re-make of True Grit not so long ago!
The re-make starred Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Both are superbly cast, and it makes for real interest as a film lover to juxtapose the two films. The original was made in 1957 and the re-make in 2007, a gap of 50 years. The newer version adds scenes that were not in the original but overall it does not deviate from the original too much.
It is hard to pick the better of the two. I feel the original was cleaner in getting Ford to Contention City over the re-make. The re-make has Crowe and Bale in a cliqued encounter with Indians and Crowe in several more escape attempts over Ford. While Ford was somewhat apologetic to Heflin for his only escape attempt Crowe is unrepentent and chilling in his. The endings are somewhat different but they both have Ford and Crowe on the train to Yuma. In the original Heflin's wife watches the train depart but the re-make really cuts the wife out after he departs from his farm.
I recommend you to see both versions. Neither is better than the other and both have their respective merits. It is rare that a re-make out does the original, and in this case it does not. But in saying that the re-make is a good western that does not dis-honour its predecessor, it only enhances it in homage to the great western it is.
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