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Mediocre Western Sequel
on 7 August 2014
A sequel rushed out due to the success of ‘A Fistful Of Dollars’ in Europe (yet to be screened in America however), this contains more of the same trademark Western cultures from director Leone from the soundtrack, violence and camera work.
Lee van Cleef joins the cast alongside Eastwood making it now 2 Americans in the film rather than just 1. Both have a dark, brooding approach to their mysterious characters and make a refreshing pairing to take down the wonderfully nasty and evil Volonté, more so than his character Ramon in ‘A Fistful Of Dollars’.
The story is more straightforward with a simple tale good vs evil, or rather anti-good vs evil. We have daring bank robberies, epic shoot-outs and haunting chases through ghost towns to add to the check list of elements made famous by these three films, each one adding something new and exciting whether it is characters or stories.
Ennio Morricone delivers a greater soundtrack, but as previously, created the music before the film was finished, and so a generic, yet exciting and heroic, theme is used throughout which is recognisable as a predecessor to his greatest work on ‘The Good, The Bad And The Ugly’ a year later. It helps add more flesh to the characters and atmosphere during the film.
Manco, Eastwood’s character’s nickname, is a reference to being ‘one-armed’ as he carries out most of his activities with his left hand, only using his right to draw and shoot his pistol when required.
Another solid entry, improving slightly on what has gone before and laying foundations for the final film to be even bigger and better.