A friend of mine once said that this movie isn’t just a movie, it’s a f**king opera. And when I rewatched this like a tenth time and on that point of view, he couldn’t be more than right.
Westerns has always been close to my heart and they aren’t just one of my favorite movie genres, it’s also crucial part of my undying love for cinema. We go way back into my childhood when Tv was playing these Saturday Westerns in the 90’s and me and my father watched almost everyone of them. From Clint Eastwood to John Wayne.
Sergio Leone’s westerns has always been my favorite westerns because they’re realistic, bloody, violent, dirty and meant for older audience.
Once Upon A Time In The West is definitely one my top favorite westerns. It has a great revenge story with some amazing acting. I’ve always enjoyed Jason Robards performance in this film and so I did now. Bronson is bad ass like always with few lines and mysterious past like Leone likes to write his antiheroes and Henry Fonda was evil as hell.
Cinematography is phenomenal and it captured many memorable shots which pacing melted in greatly with the score. And that score is the best work of Ennio Morricone that im still listening it when im in the mood of some great movie tunes.
Sets, costumes and that sweaty looking dirty make-up are always perfect in Leone’s films and makes the wild west even more believable than it already is.
With all of these create a prefect western and perfect setting to it.