Gets just a bit ham-fisted toward the end, admittedly, but I really really liked it. To my surprise, even. Planning to rewatch the original and then come back for Round 2. Sort of expecting that my first impressions won't hold up super well on second viewing, and in the shadow of the original, but I'm still excited about going back for another look.
The story is okay.
The intermittent narration is weird.
Channing Tatum is a bit of a distraction.
Demián Bichir is good.
Walton Goggins is very good.
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson are close to great.
The photography is excellent.
The 70mm presentation is gorgeous.
But the true star of this show is Ennio Morricone's score. The score is fucking fantastic. Most everything else is just window dressing.
A reasonably solid first act gives way to second & third acts which are predictable, rushed, and unnecessarily sappy. Mercifully, those latter acts contain a handful of genuinely clever sight gags.
My biggest complaint: Paul Rudd, Michael Peña, and Bobby Cannavale's acting chops are almost entirely wasted on these roles.
Biggest surprise: T.I. is in this movie(!) and his performance isn't too bad.
[First half of a drive-in double feature (w/MAX).]