The Good, the Bad, the Weird

23 Nov

Title: The Good, the Bad, the Weird
Kim Ji-woon
Kim Ji-woon and Kim Min-suk
Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung
MPAA Rating:
R, nonstop violence and some drug use
130 min
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When I got to see The Good, the Bad, the Weird, the very fun Korean Western inspired by Sergio Leone’s film, I had already seen the rating the MPAA had given it and the reasons for it, and that’s really all I needed to know to be sold on seeing this one. You see, the MPAA rated this one an R for, and I quote, “nonstop violence”, that should have been the tagline for the film, “Rated R for ‘Nonstop Violence” splattered in the poster. I was totally sold. On the other hand this also goes to show the stupidity of the MPAA, how they give an R to a film that contains violence in its entirety and by the gallons, and are still not budging on the stupid NC-17 they gave to Blue Valentine for its realistic portrayal of a relationship. Some things I will never be able to explain.

But back to the film, this is just one really loose and fun ride, a film that never once takes itself too seriously and it’s precisely because of that that it succeeds. It’s far from a great film, but it’s just a very fun one, and even though it’s hugely inspired by a slew of other films, it’s still as unique an experience as you’ll find, and one that, so long as you like ultra-violent stuff while you eat popcorn, you’ll definitely dig.

We have a bounty hunter, a gang leader and a thief all following a treasure map, those are our titular characters and that’s all you need to know about this. It’s all just seriously fun to watch unravel, and I had a ton of fun because Ji-woon Kim knows how to move fast and have some really rad action scenes set into motion, and they are action scenes that are really well done, terribly creative and just wicked cool for us to watch. If anything, the only bad thing about The Good, the Bad, the Weird is just that, that it’s always impressing us with explosions and shootouts all done very stylishly using top-notch stuntment. I say it’s the only bad thing because, well, you know what they say, “too much of a good thing…”, and that applies here, too much of that leaves no time, or focus, to any of the other stuff, and a film can’t just rely on awesome action sequences alone, they might as well could have uploaded those on YouTube if that were to be the case.

That’s what I find wrong with this film, that it’s too much of a good thing and not much of pretty much anything else at all. In a movie like this I guess you don’t need anything more, it never pretends to be anything more, the plot is never once mulled over for a second in any sort of substantial manner, it’s all just viewed as a means to an end, the end of course being hyper-violent scenes that will knock your socks off from the very moment the film opens with that very cool train scene.

And this is really is all I’ve got to say about The Good, the Bad, the Weird. If you like huge action scenes filled with awesome carnage throughout a whole movie inspired by Sergio Leone’s westerns and set in the 1930’s, then go see it. If you don’t, the skip it. Simple as that, just like the movie.

Grade: B


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