A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars ★★★½

There's a sense of genuine fun being had that permeates throughout Clint Eastwood's star-making spaghetti western debut. Whether it's through Eastwood's Joe's Machiavellian maneuvering or via the playfulness with which the film approaches the sheer magnitude of death in its outlaw frontier, pure entertainment is clearly always at the top of director Sergio Leone's mind. That vintage "product of its time" drive makes overlooking the more glaringly dated elements therein (women non-characters, whitewashed villains) a slightly more palatable prospect. It also doesn't hurt that the thrills that comprise A Fistful of Dollars's escapist charms are superbly (and practically) crafted with its action sequences still holding up really well so many years later. In ushering in an entire cinematic movement, this is undoubtedly a classic but what I most appreciated about it was just how damn enjoyable something this dusty and creaky remains.

P.S. I have to thank Lee for nudging me to check this out. I'll watch the other two films in due time, Lee!
P.P.S. With this, my Scavenger Hunt 65 is complete. The amount of cinematic blindspot list box-checking I've been doing lately is crazy.

Scavenger Hunt 65 #30 out of 31 -Watch a film from one of the best directors that aren't working today in your opinion.

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