Movie Review: A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

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It is no secret that I love westerns. It is a thing I have stated more than a few times on this blog (and in real life for that matter). I don’t know why, I jsut get sucked into these worlds that get painted before me. If you count movie genres as a whole, I think western is my favorite overall genre. They jsut appeal to me… except for “The Lone Ranger” (2013), fuck that movie. But today we are not talking about that one! Today we are talking about one of the most classic westerns of all time. To be exact, this is the one that truly created the phrase “Spaghett Western”.

Ladies and gentlemen… “A Fistful of Dollars”!

This movie follows the traveling gunfighter Joe (Clint Eastwood). One day during one of his travels he arrives at a little (I would assume) Mexican town. He befriends a few people there but also during the course of the movie finds himself into some troubles (like every otehr fucking western). What really can be described is what you read on imdb.com, which says: “A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.” I honestly could not put it in better words. That is really the only good way to say it. But enough on the execution of the explanation and let’s go to the execution of the story which I honestly think is fantastic! It is done in such a way that keeps it fresh and perfectly paced. It never feels dull or slow or anything. This movie’s story works perfectly!

The characters all have personalities that work in such a way that they never get boring, but also never get cartoon-y. But really, you’re not looking at all the characters in a western… you’re just looking at the main character… at least if it’s Clint Fucking Eastwood. He is such a badass in this movie! But the thing is that he doesn’t only kick ass and be all immortal and shit. He gets his ass handed to him in this movie and I kinda like that because that shows he is still human… and I like when characters are human. So yeah, the characters in this movie are in general enjoyable and well-acted. Especially Eastwood.

The music is some of the best I have heard in any movie ever. Ennio Morricone knows how to sell the feel of the location and genre of the movie. And not only is the music great, but it is also original for the time. He did a thing where he mixed the classic western music style with rock music and made a beautiful and magnificent baby. So this music is fantastic!

Something I always have to touch on with Westerns are the gunfights. And in this movie they are excellent. They are fast paced, action-packed and just in general really fun to look at. Sure, they are not always as fun as the ones in “Tombstone” but they are still really great!

Fun fact about the movie: It is kind of a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic movie “Yojimbo”. And that’s really all I can say about this moviein the “General Stuff” department, sorry.

This movie was incredibly well-recieved when it came out and still hold high scores among people and critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it holds a 98% positive rating and of course also has a “Fresh” certification. This movie strangely enough doesn’t have a score on Metacritic. And Roger Ebert doesn’t have a review for it either. However, at least imdb.com has a score for it. On imdb this movie has an 8,1/10 and is ranked #229 on the “Top 250” list.

I have praised this movie. And I have read up a few things about it. So now I am willing to hand out my score. My final score for “A Fistful of Dollars” is a 9,64/10 which means it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“A Fistful of Dollars” is now reviewed.

Clint Eastwood is one of the biggest badasses in movie history, and this movie was the first to prove it!

 

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