Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Good, the Bad, the Weird

The Good, the Bad, the Weird is a Korean remake/homage to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Guess who is weird . . .

First, it is important to point out that The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is one of the best Westerns/movies of all time.  That's right one of the best movies of all time.  So, paying tribute to it is kind of risky.  That rubs some people the wrong way sometimes.  Whats good with the original is that its difficult to tell, which character is the Good, which is the Bad, and which is the ugly.  I mean the easier interpretation is there for you, but there is some leeway in the behavior of the characters.  It is a classic in part for its use of silence and singularly off putting but catchy theme music.  It has a lot of visual silence in it to.  It just kind of unfurls. It really is a must see.  

What I just described to you is not the part of the movie The Good the Bad and the Weird pay homage to.  It uses a flashy variety of songs and has more than a few long dialogue scenes. The character are even labeled good, bad, weird.  That being said, they somehow did make it feel like the original.  They got the humor and the sadness in it.  The Korean version is also interesting and fun in its own right.  The characters are interesting.  The fight scenes are great.  It is like gun fight/sword fights.  What's not to like about that?  I was impressed with the look of the movie too.  It is beautiful in a odd steam punk western kind of way.  The Bad in this one is also strangely anachronistic, but it all somehow works.  It is the idea of what the west would have been like in Korea while the Japanese army was in control . . . good re-visioning.  If you like action or westerns or both I would highly recommend it.  To give you a taste.

Actually, watch them both.

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