Holy shit, it only needed 2 years and 4 DVDRs to get me a running copy of the german VHS tape (good enough quality, open matte fullscreen).
And it wasn’t worth the wait.
The best part about the waiting was, that, in the process of it, I watched the wonderful opening scene, with the puppet theater and the laughing kids accompanied by great music, again and again.
The rest of the film is a helpless mess with most of the participants giving their worst.
And meanwhile I had become just used to Parolini’s way of directing westerns, but there’s not much left of it in God’s Gun, except for the opening scene of course.
Not easy to decide what’s the worst aspect:
The unimaginative directing?
The dull acting?
The unatmospheric sets and costumes?
The lousy photography?
The shitty action scenes?
The standard dialogues?
I’m really sorry for Jack Palance, who at this time was maybe at the nadir of his career, and he seems to know it, only indifferently repeating his evil grinning baddie routines, walking through the film like a zombie.
And what’s about Richard Boone? He simply disappears after 20 min (in which btw his role wasn’t needed) and returns out of nothing for one scene near the end.
And he’s the sherriff. Where was he in between? Fishing (like all good sherriffs do)?
Then there’s the kid.
Yes, I like these type of kid roles as much as most of you do, even if this one is by far not the worst of them.
Lee van Cleef. Oh, he’s ok, quite ok. Only in the wrong movie.
I liked the main theme of the score. Not much else.
Have I mentioned the lovely opening scene?