Trailer: US Theatrical (Notice that “the bad” and “the ugly” are switched.)
Directed by: Sergio Leone
Release year: 1966
Lead actors: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef
I know, shame on me for not watching this before now. I have no excuses. My dad has always loved The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, so I got it for him on Blu-Ray for Father’s Day this year. Even though I’ve been around dozens of times while he’s been watching it, I never stopped to sit and watch it with him until now. I really should’ve done it sooner.
Summary: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a spaghetti western set during the Civil War. It focuses on 3 enemies – Blondie (the good), Angel Eyes (the bad) and Tuco (the ugly), who race to find $200,000 worth of gold.
The good: I’m not generally into westerns (except Tombstone.. Tombstone rules!) but I trust my dad’s taste in movies, and it is number 4 on IMBD’s top 250 of all-time, so I had high expectations for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I was not disappointed. Leone’s style was so far ahead of it’s time and obviously had a major influence on directors like Tarantino (one of my favorites). The shots and use of music walk the line of almost being campy, but stay firmly over the artistic line and are often used comically.
Speaking of which, pardon my ignorance, but I had no idea that the film would be so funny. From the “idiot” note to Blondie shooting Angel Eyes’ hat and gun into his conveniently placed grave to the last shot, I thoroughly enjoyed the humor.
I know that everything I’ve mentioned has pretty been obvious to the rest of you, but this spaghetti western genre is all new to me.. and I love it! If you’re one of the minuscule group of people who have yet to see The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, you need to watch it. And, if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen it, watch it again. It’s the most fun I’ve had watching a movie in quite some time.
The bad: It probably could’ve been a bit shorter, but I watched the extended version.. so technically, it was.
My rating: 10/10