I'm not super into the John Wayne shtick. I'll say it does work with this movie. Enough humor to keep things light and moving. Really it's just a vehicle to show us Monument Park Utah. The framing and motion shots are really the best the 1950s have to offer.
Ennio Morricone gets a lot of credit for being one of the best composers ever. Yet it's not enough.
Just immensely fun. Full of one liners and gun fights. As noted the score is iconic. No doubt top 5 all time. The music with Tuco sprinting through the rows of graves is heart pounding. Not even mentioning the main theme.
"See, in this world there are two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns.. and those who dig.
Old man Eastwood (91) picking up Marta, who appears to be in her mid 50s at the most, was difficult to watch.
I don't want to bag of Eduardo Minett a lot here, but I don't think he was particularly good. The scene where he is telling Clint off before the Federales showed up was oddly low energy. Seemed like it was difficult for him to get the lines out.
How many times is Clint Eastwood going to play the same old broken white man that either has a dead wife or family that doesn't want him around anymore?