THE MARATHON WITH NO NAME REVIEW: “For a Few Dollars More” stars Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Trouble with the Curve), Lee Van Cleef (Escape from New York, High Noon), Gian Maria Volonté (Stark System, Ogro), Luigi Pistilli (A Bay of Blood, The Great Silence), and Mario Brega (Once Upon a Time in America, Fun is Beautiful). It is directed by Sergio Leone (The Colossus of Rhodes, Once Upon a Time in the West). Clint Eastwood is back as the Man with No Name and this time he has a partner. When a madman named El Indio (Volonté) escapes prison, there is a huge bounty on his head. And where there is a bounty, there are bounty hunters. The Man with No Name arrives in El Paso to find out where El Indio is hiding so he can capture him and claim the bounty, but he isn’t the only one wanting Indio. An older man named Col. Douglas Mortimer (Cleef) is also on pursuit to finding Indio and when him and the Man with No Name cross paths, it won’t end well. They soon have to come to an agreement to stop Indio, since he has a huge gang, and split the reward.
Because of the huge success of “A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More” had a big budget to back it up. And it shows. This film was great, and heck, it was better than “A Fistful of Dollars”. The plotline was fresh, adding new characters and much more inner conflicts than “A Fistful of Dollars” had. I really enjoyed watching this film from beginning to end, with it throwing very clever scenes my way. Not only did this movie have a lot of inner conflicts, but it got deep at times. One theme that comes up often during this film is a stopwatch that plays music. It has an abundance of meaning to El Indio and when they show you why through flashbacks, it is both disturbing and dark at the same time. It all makes it more grand when you find out why Col. Douglas Mortimer wants him dead. Besides the story itself, the characters were amazing. One thing I really liked was how this film focused less on the Man with No Name and more on Indio and Mortimer for almost half of its run time. Not that I don’t like the Man with No Name, it’s just when you see a cool character less, it makes him/her all the more cooler. It is like when you eat pie. If you eat pie everyday, it’ll get really old really fast. But, if you ate it once a year, it becomes all the more enjoyable and you actually anticipate it. Lee Van Cleef played an amazing character, especially at the beginning when he established his role as a figure you don’t want to mess with. Clint Eastwood and him performed fantastically off of each other, having great chemistry. Something I must say now before I get to cons is Gian Maria Volonté’s El Indio. What I thought would be an issue turned right around. At first, it was difficult to watch him because I couldn’t stop thinking of Ramon Rojo from “A Fistful of Dollars”, since he played the same character. I thought it was a bad choice for an actor because how could I focus on this character without thinking of another? That is until I got further into the movie and it got darker with the character of El Indio. Volonté was fantastic as this character in this and he performed better than he did in “A Fistful of Dollars”. With that out-of-the-way, onto my last three pros. The first would be that the action scenes are just as great as the first film in the franchise. It kept its velocity in pulling out clever lines and the funny gun shot sounds make it better. The second pro would be how funny it can get. Not on accident, the story actually had some jokes, both through dialogue and movement. It took me by surprised, but I liked it. The final pro is the music. I don’t remember if I said this in “A Fistful of Dollars”, but I love the theme music for these movies. The whistling of the one theme of these movies never gets old, with them changing it up throughout the film. I really only have one con other con for this film besides having to adjust to Volonté’s new performance. The con is how there are some scenes that are slow in execution. The main one that comes to mind is the shooting of the hats scenes. I knew what they wanted to establish in this scene, but after they shot hats for about two minutes and kept going, it got old. Overall, this film has killer writing, is fun, and a big step up from “A Fistful of Dollars” and I recommend anyone to see this movie as soon as they can! FINAL SCORE: 96%= Juicy Popcorn
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