The lead character, Jess(PLL), is not the spaghetti antihero but more of an American Western goodguy. He and the film itself are both rather talky, and the plot plays much like a detective story. Jess is not looking for vengeance as usual, but trying to figure out whodunit in a series of killings.
Directed and shot pretty straight. Not much in the use of artistic camerawork or editing, specifically for the first hour- aside from one flashback scene towards the beginning, which I thought was done well and hide a nice surreal feel to it. Towards the last half hour, there are a handful of the genre styled closeups and whatnot.
The first hour is a bit slow for my tastes. There are a few scenes of action that keep things moving, but nothing too involved. One highlight is Jess taking on a group of guys, throwing his rifle down and proceeding to kick the shit out of them in under 10 seconds. No annoying, dragging fistfight scene here. Unfortunately this is somewhat negated when later we are treated to the usual, longer fistandkickfight(although still not too bad in terms of fistfight scenes).
Being that the lead is a goodguy, most of the film he’s doing goodguy things with a goodguy attitude. So its a nice treat when things start to heat up, and in good old cold blooded vengeance, Jess guns down the man he’s been defending. This makes for a refreshing change of mood, however it does not last through till the ending and the film quickly reverts back into its goodguy mentality.
The end showdown was a bit of a let-down. The final villain is kind of weird & creepy, but not very threatening, and its not even really a showdown. I think this may also be the only spaghetti I’ve seen that ends on a kiss between the hero and the girl, rather than the hero riding off without the girl, the girl being shot earlier, etc… I’m sure there’s others, but none are coming to mind…
Not my personal favorite style but all in all, I’d say it was a well done spaghetti and an enjoyable viewing if you’re not put off by talky, goodguy type westerns.