2nd chance for Provvidenza.
For being a comedy the main question still is, is it funny or not?
Ehem, can’t say that I followed Phil’s kids on their laugh-out-loud path, but contrary to my first viewing it made me often smile.
It was pleasant enough to watch, only a tiny bit boring here and there. Obviously Tomas, who doesn’t look like Tomas, enjoyed himself very much in being Provvidenza, so that this is, believe it or not, one of his best SW roles.
Petroni is probably not a great talent in the comedy business, as he does not have the timing of E.B. Clucher, but he directs with all the routine of a solid working craftsman, making this one of the best looking SW comedies. Only when he tries to do some physical slapstick a la Tom & Jerry the film has a few realyl silly moments.
It was Petroni’s first western soleyly shot in Italy, but at least the not so impressive landscapes don’t look as cheap as in so many other SWs.
Nice score by maestro Morricone for this likable film.