When Sergio Leone got the idea to re-imagine Kurosawa‚??s Yojimbo, he must have been met with a lot of rejection. However, after all is said and done, A Fistful Of Dollars is a better film in almost every way. That is a statement from someone who loves Yojimbo. A Fistful Of Dollars just has a lot more going for it and is more original and revolutionary in terms of shot composition, score, characters, setting and directing. Sergio Leone completely revitalized the western I the best way possible, he made it gritty and fun. He made the legendary showdown become gruesome and horrific. First person shooting is the best way to show someone getting blown away, I can‚??t believe it took 70 years of film for someone to realize it. The set is simple, yet incredibly important. It‚??s you‚??re average western town except for one twist, it actually looks real. It‚??s worn down and beat up, much like the townspeople. It‚??s all the little touches that make Sergio Leone the greatest.
When you think of traditional western heroes, people like John Wayne and Henry Fonda come to mind. Good natured men with some sort of mission or conflict to resolve. When Clint Eastwood comes onto the screen in the opening of A Fistful of Dollars, he is there to cause trouble. He has little morals, has no problem killing a few people or a whole lot of people, talks only as much as necessary and looks like one of the bad guys; enter the anti-hero. Clint Eastwood‚??s Man With No Name is one of the most iconic and important performances of the 20th Century. He gave birth to a entire new breed of character, many movies and people wouldn‚??t exist without him. For this being Clint Eastwood‚??s first lead role it‚??s even more impressive. He does things like no other actor had or will ever do because he‚??s one of the most unique artists of his generation. Many pass him off as a rough action star, but he‚??s much more than that. He trained alongside Marlon Brando, fought his way to the top and never gave into the Hollywood system. He does things his way and I completely worship him for it.
Lastly, there is the first major score from Ennio Morricone. It‚??s an incredibly important part of the film because like many of the other aspects, it‚??s extremely original. Without the theme music to The Man With No Name, I don‚??t know if it would be the same. From the opening titles, you know this is going to be a different kind of movie. Without this film, there wouldn‚??t be the second wave of westerns or a whole slough of other films that were influenced by this complete and utter masterpiece.