remolano’s review published on Letterboxd:
Almost as good as A Fistful of Paintballs.
This was just good until that incredible ending. Then it became so, so very good. A Fistful of Dollars is Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo wrapped in the grit of pistols and cowboy hats - instead of swords and samurai robes. The immediate standout to me here is the awesome score. I truly believe this is some of the greatest music accompanying a film I’ve heard. It fits so well, it’s unique, and it’s memorable. I was a tad skeptical, since my first experience with Sergio Leone in Once Upon a Time in the West was met with great disappointment in the bloated runtime and indulgent pace, but this movie stunted that. I don’t think I’m invested enough in the characters themselves to follow the narrative any more than good guy —> bad guy —> romantic interest —> guns firing —> the end but it kept my engagement all the way through. I enjoy how simple, grounded, and fun this small-scale spaghetti western is.
“When a man with .45 meets a man with a rifle, you said, the man with a pistol's a dead man. Let's see if that's true.”