Posted on 7/24/11 01:37 AM
Hands down one of the best spaghetti westerns ever made. It has everything, action, women, more action, anti-hero, machine guns, a pile of bodies that'd make any serial killer bow down with respect, bleak settings, red masked men and evil Mexicans.
Hell, this film starts out with double cross. And of course there are two warring groups of bandits. While all the elements are seemingly ripped from other spaghetti westerns, somehow it does everything right. Nero is awesome as Django. The beard and Union army pants round out his perfectly dark anti-hero appearance. With his smoke firmly placed in mouth, and silent tough guy persona, you can't help but to root for him. Corbucci does an excellent job of turning Django into some kind of mythical figure. Did I mention he also hauls around a coffin? Just pulls it along with a rope. Bad-ass.
The movie flows well, doesn't really slow down as Django double and triple crosses the various goons and villains. There are also some awesomely iconic scenes and some horrible nonsensical violence (Mexican skeet shooting?). Surprisingly this film is well shot. The close-ups are amazing.
So while the story wasn't über original....it was crafted well. This film is about craftsmanship, setting, characters and appealing to the side of us that wants to punch our boss in the face. The anti-hero. If you're into the genre...definitely buy this.