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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly January 25, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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This movie totally floored me. I really had an unfavorable opinion about westerns until I saw this one yesterday. This was one of those movies I simply rented just because they are considered to be classics…not that I was really interested to watch.

Right from the title sequence (set to Ennio Morricone’s world famous score) the irreverant style captivated me. Quite noticeable was the fact that there is no dialogue in the film for about 15 minutes. The basic plot is about a hidden treasure of coins – in pursuit of which the three protagonists cross paths. “The Bad” (Lee Van Cleef) is your regular filmy bad guy who comes to know about this treasure and wants to get hold of it at any cost. On the other hand there is this typical funny (yet dangerous) felon “The Ugly” (Eli Wallach) who in collaboration with “The Good” (Clint Eastwood) together cheat the police wherein Eastwood offers Wallach to the authorities for a reward and when Wallach is about to be hanged…shoots his noose enabling him to escape. They keep trying the same trick elsewhere. After a few double crossings between the two, they become unlikely partners as they set in search of the treasure which they now come to know about. Their partnership actually transpires because each one has one part of exclusive information which would lead to the treasure. As one might expect, circumstances bring “The Good”, “The Bad” and “The Ugly” face to face and they ultimately have to outlast each other to get to the prize. All of this adventure takes place in the backdrop of the civil war.

This is a flick which really has style splattered all over the place. There are so many pumped up scenes – in fact even just the music without anything happening gave me the kicks. The performances by Wallach and Cleef are great but it is the uber cool Eastwood who totally steals the show. His trademark deadpan expressions and dialogue could not have been better utilized. He is electrifying in every scene. Sergio Leone created with this film a benchmark for westerns which could never be outclassed. One can actually pick individual scenes from the movie and go on raving about it.

I also didn’t know before that this was actually the final part of the “Man With No Name” (played by Eastwood) trilogy preceded by “A Fistful of Dollars” and “For A Few Dollars More”. Also, there has been some criticism about the length of the film – close to 3 hours…but I never felt impatient even for a moment. If you haven’t seen this one yet then go get your hands on it immediately….it is one rocking flick!

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