[quote=“Yodlaf Peterson, post:3, topic:472”]i’ve never seen this, is it any good.[/quote][quote=“Lindberg, post:1, topic:472”]I haven’t seen it myself, but I’ve heard it’s pretty good.
Anybody here seen it?[/quote]
CONTAINS SPOILERS - (But as it’s shit anyway, who cares …?)
I reckon there’s some others that’ve seen this and if I remember right it has appeared in the ‘worst ever’ lists.
It was my turn, last night, to be bemused, confused and mildly entertained by this turkey.
Being made in ‘65, it’s an early pointer in some ways to the sw gadgetry that were to develop further in later Parolini movies. In this there is some Sabata-style skullduggery from the twin brother baddies - that include a gun-stick and a trick coffin.
There’s also, unfortunately, some stupid buffoonery, (pre-)Bud Spencer-stylee that verges on the slapstick, and includes pushing a fully-laden donkey over for ‘laughing’ (which was actually quite funny, if somewhat un-pc). This ridiculous side of the film emanates mainly from the two ex-boxer characters who start a bout of ‘spontaneous’ fisticuffs at every available moment. There’s also an ol’scrote dynamite expert - all of these ol’ tossers ham it up big style - and the scrappin’ and drinking antics just get somewhat tiresome after a while.
There’s also plenty of explosions that bring the horses keeling over, that reminded me of the scene in MNIN regarding the fate of the Wild Bunch.
So - this all sounds like this is a ground-breaking proto-spaghetti that shows the way forward?
Well, it could’ve done, if it had been handled better. There is a good film in here somewhere maybe. There’s left-handed Johnny himself who’s a half-breed Cherokee and he’s hitched up with, at various times, a pretty mexican lass, a prettier Indian gall, and Gypsy the cross-breed white she-terrier that had my Sparky :-* barking for more.
And there’s a reasonable story half buried in here. And there’s the grittiness (only one of the aforementioned girls is gonna get out of this in one piece) … and he ain’t gonna be staying left-handed Johnny for long, after a brutal bit of pistol-bashing.
So … what ruins this film, and it’s potential, is it’s utterly ridiculous lack of logic regarding behavior, and the believeability in any of these characters - ('scepting my Sparky’s love interest). It has been mentioned before regarding other films, by others more eloquent than myself, that a film can be far-fetched and requires that ‘leap-of-faith’, that sometimes can be willingly done by the viewer - but somehow the film’s story still needs to play by the rules of it’s own inner-logic. This doesn’t. Slapstick and gritty together is a difficult enough trick to pull off - (even the otherwise good MNIN (imo) is marred in respect to this) - but if it is to work then there probably has to be a more cleverly orchestrated believable ‘real’ in the mix. There was no ‘real’ in this, just a sloppy logic. An example … Left-handed JW gets his name shortened after said pistol-beating. His girl and her father are shot dead with Johnny’s gun and we are to believe that JW’ll go to jail for their murder … and he does. It just didn’t make sense, especially as Johnny had left a couple of the baddies dead at the scene as well. In fact, not many of the killings made any sense … no-threat folk were cold-bloodedly killed (no problem there - it is a sw after all), but others were let off with a warning (from both sides), that made no sense, 'cos they’d be bound to be needing killing later on.
And why’s he called Left-handed? And not … Ambidexturous Johnny West? Instead of going off to partially mend himself as any self respecting Black Jack would, or coming up with a trick of his own as with Gemma in The Man from Nowhere or just brazening it out like a Django (but not like Silence, or we wouldn’t’ve had a film … hmmm, maybe not such a bad idea ;)) - he just becomes Right-handed Johnny West … the fastest gun in town. COP OUT!!
I was mildly entertained, but it was also a frustrating ride. It’s maybe worth a look, particularly as it is so early, but just don’t expect a lot - But, of course, this strange brew might do it for you -
but alas for me …
1 and a small bit outa 5. (Sparky gave it less - and he’s still upset :P)