Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America ★★★★½

I'm fighting with the star rating system since I have no idea how to rate this, but I think it's what it deserves right now. It's very compelling, masterfully shot and its epic story suits well the runtime - even the child actors do a fairly nice job, but a lot of things bugged me; the worst offender being the objectification of women. Leone's westerns didn't have much of this problem: I remember Jill from Once Upon a Time in the West as a strong woman who used sex as a means to get what she wanted. Here we haven't got any strong feminine characters, and except for one thing Carol does that's major to the plot, they don't do much, except... being basically sex toys. Not cool, Sergio. Also it does bear a striking resemblance to The Godfather, but really I wouldn't blame anyone of drawing inspiration from one of the greatest movies of all time.

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