The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Trailer: US Theatrical (Notice that “the bad” and “the ugly” are switched.)
Directed by: Sergio Leone
Release year: 1966
Rating: R
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

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3 thoughts on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  1. Have you seen the two films that come before “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”? In a western course I was taking in school, we watched “For a Few Dollars More” first, then this, then “Yojimbo,” which was remade as “A Fistful of Dollars.” Out of the three, I liked “For a Few Dollars More” the most, which features both Eastwood and Van Cleef as slightly different characters.

    1. I haven’t seen any of the other movies in the trilogy, but I liked The Good, the Bad and the Ugly so much that I plan on watching the others. Glad to hear you liked “For a Few Dollars More” so much! I’m looking forward to seeing it!

  2. Hey, well, I’d say you should use this as a gateway into other Spaghetti Westerns, there’s a bunch of great ones. There’s two directions to go – “Once Upon a Time in the West” is my all time favorite, but it’s even a little bit slower. What you get in return for that slowness, though, is the grandest, most epic, involving movie, with an unbelievable amount of simmering tension. Not to mention some of the most gorgeous photography and music ever laid on film. The other direction is the gritty, pulp, trash, which is just fast paced, popcorn – Django, 4 of the Apocalypse, They Call Me Trinity, Any Gun Can Play, Death Rides a Horse.

    AND, if your interest is sparked, or you want to spark it more, check out my Spaghetti Western Concept Rap album, called “Showdown at the BK Corral.” It’s basically an epic Spaghetti Western over 9 tracks – very influenced by Morricone. I’d love to hear what you think of it! You can download it for free at sunsetparkriders.com

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