This film and the others in the trilogy are spectacular. Leone knows how to build tension, create real drama and drag you in to his films. So many of his traits have been copied by so many other directors. Tarantino says that Leone is one of the best directors ever and often rips off his work. In this film the hero is so cool he doesn't even have a name. If you are interested in the mechanics of what makes films great watch all of Leone's films. Make sure you watch this trilogy in order, you will see where lots of modrn films get their greatness, they stole it from Leone.