Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Once Upon a Time in the West

Spaghetti Western Supreme. With Parmesan cheese.  It came out after Clint Eastwood's "Fistful of Dollars" and clearly borrowed from that flick.  It has some top flight actors, Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, and Jason Robards.  It has pretty much every cliche there ever was.  It moves incredibly slowly.  In the final showdown gunfight between Fonda and Bronson, it takes a good five minutes of flashbacks and closeups before they draw the six guns.  It takes Fonda another five minutes of writhing to die after Bronson plugs him. Plot is confusing.  New bad guys keep turning up, dressed just like the bad guys that just got gunned down, are they returned from the dead or what? We keep encountering scenes of massive violence AFTER it has been done and no clue as to who did it. 
   Claudia Cardinale is knock out cute, even fully dressed is high Victorian style.  The guys are all super scruffy and unshaven, it's hard to visualize any chick wanting to come within fifty feet of any of them. 
   This flick has it's fans on the 'Net who call it the best Western ever made.  I don't agree.  High Noon it ain't.

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