Still quite simple-minded. Overly-plotted, overlong, and mono-dimensional in its characters. As cool as an idea of The Man with No Name is in theory, its lack of nuance, background, or even a clear rationale, doesn't make for an interesting emotional anchor or an engaging narrative. The many films that took from the series are better in their building of a character/dramatic arc, as well as an engine for the machine.
Sergio Leone teaches a master class in storytelling. A bank vault so safe only a complete madman would try to rob it, the town of El Paso, and two of the deadliest bounty hunters around. For a Few Dollars More is as tight as a Dogma film yet does not feel constrained. Towards the end I could imagine folks cheering for Clint Eastwood back in 1965 as he rode into the horizon. It truly does not get any better than this.
By far my favorite of the Man With No Name trilogy. Clint Eastwood's best Western. What elevates this film is Lee Van Cleef as a man deeply haunted by the death of his sister (his greatest performance). Gian Maria Volonte also is in his most memorable role as the insane Indio lost in a drug haze. As Schickel said, "it is more elegant and complex than Fistful, more tense and compressed than Good, Bad, Ugly."
Following the beaten path of it's previous, "For a Few Dollars More" builds up the overall experience. Elaborated script goes even deeper entering the theme of betrayal. Added up are more charismatic characters, never shadowed even by the likes of Clint Eastwood, with their carefully crafted interference being stylistically memorable.
Yeah, pretty sure I just don't like Westerns. Can't recall ever liking one and this is no exception. A lot of it looks cool and the soundtrack work is totally rad but good god, that story, sooo boring. I find all the endless tough guy macho posturing sooo damn tedious (see also: most gangster movies). Giving this a D.
A sequel that is more epic and experimental than the first. For a Few Dollars More may be my favorite of the Dollars trilogy mainly because it takes its time, but isn't too long. The cinematography is always a pleasure as is Ennio Morricone's score. Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef are great in their roles but as usual, the villain steals the show. Great and bizarre. One of the rawest Spaghetti Westerns out there.