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🎬 Emma (2020) + 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

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🎬 Emma (2020) + 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
By Eric Johnson • Issue #59 • View online
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Two adaptations/remakes this week, both pretty good. I’m cautiously glad to be coming out of Jan/Feb dumping grounds, because now is when the movie season normally starts to really pick up. But with the delay of the new James Bond movie until November, I wonder if more films that need China’s box office will follow suit. If they do, I only have like 500 movies at home …
On a semi-related note, wash your damn hands, everybody.

👒 Emma
Pictured: The casting in this film fits to a tea.
Pictured: The casting in this film fits to a tea.
I’ve never read Jane Austen’s EMMA, but I had no problem following the new film adaptation because I’ve seen Clueless twice — no, really. Coming to this story in the “wrong” order made me really appreciate what a good adaptation that is … Anyway, this adaptation is good, too! The strong cast is led by Anya Taylor-Joy from Thoroughbreds, and features the requisite number of “hey, it’s that person from that other thing!” British actors. The filmmaking is not always head-turning, but the good scenes are great; director Autumn de Wilde has a great eye for comedic reaction shots, and her production team outdid themselves with a range of appealing sets, costumes and hairstyles.
🚂 3:10 to Yuma
Pictured: "Well, the app said the train would be here at 3:10, but the GPS has it all the way over there..."
Pictured: "Well, the app said the train would be here at 3:10, but the GPS has it all the way over there..."
3:10 TO YUMA is a well-paced, well-directed western from James Mangold, but it’s missing some of the emotional depth of his later films, Logan and Ford v Ferrari. Christian Bale plays a rancher/Civil War veteran assigned to escort a notorious criminal, played by Russell Crowe, to prison; both actors are convincing enough to break out of their famous faces, which is not always a given. I also liked the action set-pieces, including a chase through a demolition site and another across the roofs of small Old West town. However, I didn’t buy some crucial decisions made by characters in the final act, which retroactively made the longer journey feel a little disappointing.
🏆 Every New Movie I've Seen in 2020 (So Far), Ranked
(new additions in bold)

  1. Marriage Story
  2. Little Women
  3. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  4. 1917
  5. Uncut Gems
  6. Just Mercy
  7. Emma
  8. Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey
  9. Joker
  10. The Gentlemen

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