Quick-Thoughts: Sergio Leone’s Duck, You Sucker! (1971)

“When it’s a revolution, it’s confusion.”

The government can be even scarier than the law in times like these, hence the creation of rebellion, yet a lot of participators of the sport don’t even know why they’re mixed up in their unsure sides of war anyhow; all they know is that it’s helping those who do care, which has the capacity of being a risk of promoting their possibly ill-sighted individualistic power. Until that revolution directly affects you, then does it become your revolution; it takes just one glance at death to realize what you’d had to lose all along during your stumping times in the wild wild west, and what you now stand to contend. Duck, You Sucker sees early 20th century revolution as a sinister way for more of the oppressed to die memorably in response to their lives being boiled down to a currency by reformed government, a straight bandit character becoming a revolutionist, a revolutionist becoming a bandit in the name of revolution, and Sergio Leone becoming one last time in this era of melancholy American history the occasional trickster scheming beneath our noses even in view of what may be his most corny, foreseeable, and reliant “genre subversion” plot thus far.

Verdict: B-

Sergio Leone Ranked

“Duck, You Sucker” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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