If the words “spaghetti western” are not in your vocabulary then they need to be added. The Italian director Sergio Leone changed the way that westerns were shot and the language of westerns. For A Few Dollars More Leone teams up again with the great Clint Eastwood and the often underrated Lee Van Cleef to cobble together a rich story of insanity, lust, greed and revenge.
By modern production standards For A Few Dollars doesn’t measure up. The sound effects are laughable but beyond that there is a blend of an older, broader acting style with the minimalism of Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef’s economical approach that can make the movie feel a little disjointed at times. The key to enjoying a spaghetti western is the willing suspension of disbelief – which is the key to enjoying any movie, but may take a little more work with a spaghetti western.
There is a rough beauty to Leone’s For A Few Dollars More. People in his world are not particularly good looking nor are they particularly ugly. They are not stupid though some are smart or crafty. The characters live in some ways how people of their time must have lived a hard, dirty, merciless life of grit and determination. For A Few Dollars More is a tale of revenge centered around a plot to rob a bank with a signature gun fight near the end of the film that is reminiscent of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.
This is the kind of western which is to be recommended to anyone who loves westerns but hasn’t yet experienced the spaghetti western with all its dubbing and questionable sound work. Despite its shortcomings this is an enjoyable movie – the kind you put on pause when you leave the room because you don’t want to miss any of it.