So many people have raved about this movie being better than the sublime 'The Godfather' so it was with keen interest that I watched it for the very first time recently. I am a big fan of the spaghetti westerns from director Sergio Leone so it saddens me to say that I found this epic movie to be a disappointment. Why? I'll try and explain but it might not be easy.
Firstly, there are a lot of things to admire. The cinematography is excellent and the acting is generally good. I did feel though that Elizabeth McGovern was miscast. The story is reasonably interesting and did hold the attention. But the major problem for me is that hardly any of the charaters here are likeable and I think that is a major flaw with this movie. You do need to care about a character even if they are a complete psycho. By that I mean that you sometimes want to see a character get their comuppance which means you have become involved in the film. I didn't really care what happened to anyone in this film at all. Also, it is too long and I felt it dragged at times.
I must pay a compliment to the music of Ennio Morricone who does a great job once again. But the truth is I really was expecting a masterpiece here and what I got was a film that in the end disappointed me. A pity.