Oh, how I love the classic spaghetti westerns. Made in response to, in the eyes of Italian filmmakers, the staleness of the American western, they quickly became a huge hit and reshaped what many people thought of their usual westerns. Gone were the days of the amoral villain and the morally right protagonist. Instead, we got characters who were more in the middle gray area. Gone was the family friendly version of shootouts. Now, the violence was much more explicit and in your face. Which brings me to My Name is Nobody. A spaghetti western with a wicked sense of humor.
Yes, My Name is Nobody is not the stereotypical serious western. It has a lot of comedy to it. And it definitely took me a while to adjust. But, once I did, I quickly fell in love with the story of an aging gunslinger who just wants to retire and the young gun who wants to watch him do one last fight for the history books, both of these gunslingers being played by Henry Fonda and Terence Hill, respectively. Fonda and Hill are perfect in their roles and are a constant joy to watch together. Hill, in particular, brings a lot of the humor which is spread throughout the film. And I can’t talk about a spaghetti western without mentioning the genius that is Ennio Morricone. Much like any of his films, this features another excellent score done by the legend himself.
This is a film which quickly grew on me as it progressed. It’s hysterical, has great action scenes, and brings two acting legends together on the screen. If you’re looking for a break from the usual John Wayne westerns, or even the more serious spaghetti westerns, then you should definitely check out My Name is Nobody.