I volunteer at an indie theater, and they are doing a classic film series this summer. This week's film was "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly", which I have seen many times, so I was able to watch the film on the big screen, which was definitely a cool experience for such a visually-oriented film.
The film is very aesthetically appealing. The cinematography is phenomenal, both that of the wide shots showcasing the landscapes or the close shots showcasing the emotions of the actors. Obviously, there is the iconic extreme-close-up showdown, however, there are many other scenes that feature amazing shots. My favorite is probably the tracking shot when Tuco is in the cemetery. The movement is so fluid, and the result is just beautiful. The score by Ennio Moricone, quite possibly the master of spaghetti western music, is classic, and deservedly so, as it sets the mood for the whole film.
The plot of the film is rather simple, but the execution, as mentioned above, is what makes it such a great film. The film is interesting, for the most part, with the only parts that made me lose interest being a few scenes dragging on farther than necessary for the sake of art. It does feel a little bit hectic in the very beginning, but it soon becomes more clear. The characters are also well-developed, which is a tough task, given that the movie is almost three hours long.
The acting of the film is also very good. The three leads, Eastwood, Van Cleef, and Wallach are all great. Eastwood plays the protagonist well, convincing in the type of role that he would come to play so many times later. Van Cleef, "The Bad", was an extremely menacing antagonist, appearing truly evil. Wallach serves as good comedic relief, and probably has the most lines for a single character in the film, allowing him to have the best development. I will say, however, that the dubbing of the film was not great. The three main actors all spoke English, so their only issues with mismatched dubbing came when there was poor ADR, which wasn't often. The supporting cast, however, had a good amount of foreign actors, which led to some non-synchronized dialogue.
So overall, "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" is definitely a classic. It is worth watching for the cinematic quality of the film, and while there are a few slow parts, the film is interesting as a whole. It is probably the pinnacle of spaghetti western films, and I hope to re-visit the rest of the Dollars Trilogy soon.
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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