Samantha Perry’s review published on Letterboxd:
I loved this film. I was pleased to discover that its length was handled very well, and everything in it felt necessary and drove the plot forward in interesting ways. Leone's personality shines through as well in this, and its structure worked well going backwards and forwards in time to reveal specific things. The music as well was stunning, and made the scenes it accented much more impactful and emotional.
While I watched this in part due to my desire to watch all of Leone's work, it comes as no surprise that I watched it for Morricone's memory as well. His work on Once Upon a Time in the West is perhaps my favourite of his film scores, and it made me fall in love with the film and make it one of my all time favourites. If he hadn't of worked on it at all, I doubt I would have fallen in love with it as hard as I did.
I don't speak as someone that's known about him for a long time, which in itself is a tragedy to say about someone who's been so influential to the world of cinema and its music, but I can say that from now having gained a better understanding of him and his work his death has impacted me in a massive way. I hope that by having watched this and For a Few Dollars More I've honoured his memory and legacy. I can only hope to watch more films he's scored and remember his work with others who came to love him, which I'm pleased to see has been so many people.
Rest in peace, Ennio Morricone. Wherever you're composing now, they're lucky to have you.