My Name is Nobody,
This review is from: My Name Is Nobody [DVD] (DVD)
Jack Beauregard a ageing gunfighter just wants to retire and move to Europe but a young gunfighter called Nobody idealises Beauregard and wants him to go out on one last magnificent act. Which means him alone facing a gang known as the Wild Bunch who are one hundred and fifty strong.
Sergio Leone produces this well made and enjoyable Spaghetti Western in 1973 after the huge success of the Trinity films by director Enzo Barboni. The director was the talented Tonino Valerii who handles the film really well I just think the story had great potential if all the comedy elements had been left out.
Terrence Hill gives a Trinity style performance as Nobody and it is one of his finest roles, although I preferred him in the earlier 'Viva Django'. Hollywood Legend Henry Fonda is even better as Jack Beauregard and his solid serious performance mixes well with Hill's slapstick style.
The film lacks the traditional gritty and serious action the Spaghetti Western was famous for and mainly sticks to silly childish fast draws and slaps to the face. The opening sequence however is the best part of the film where three gunfighters plan on ambushing Beauregard while he has a shave.
The ending with Beauregard taking on the wild bunch had potential to be the greatest scene ever in a Spaghetti Western but after a good start with some effective slow motion, it turns silly with freeze frame shots of explosions from a book, poor narration and some comedic music.
Ennio Morricone's scores is both good and bad in my opinion. I surprisingly actually liked the child like main theme tune played around the Nobody character and I really liked the gunfight theme as well which sounds similar to Harmonicas theme from Once Upon a Time in the West. The one part I didn't like was the Wild Bunch track which is a great piece of music but when the small section of his own version of 'Ride of the Valkyries' by Wagner starts to play I found it quite irritating.
Overall a really good film that could've been great with just a few changes.
The DVD is in great quality, features a interesting interview with Terrence Hill and has some production notes that are well worth reading.