The Good, The Bad and The Ugly & Seven Samurai
How do I managed to get myself to watch these classics? I don’t even know. I’m proud of myself, actually.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Who haven’t heard of this movie, or perhaps who haven’t heard of this movie’s background score? Yes, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is wildly regarded by many movie goers and critics as one of the best Spaghetti Western flick and they are not entirely wrong. The last entry in the so-called trilogy brought both its director and actors to household fame. I can’t blame those who regards this movie with the highest respect, because despite my lack of interest for Western genre, the movie turns out surprisingly well. Of course you got the slick style gun action, gunslinger with cowboy hats, horses, lots of horses, and cringe-worthy dialogues but the movie also offers something else. To my surprise, The Good The Bad and The Ugly is one funny movie and this is due to the brilliant acting of Eli Wallach who plays Tuco a.k.a The Ugly in the film. His character is what gets me through the movie if I am being brutally honest. For that, thank you Eli Wallach!
My oh my was this movie long! I must have watched the 190 minutes of the “edited” version out of its original 208 minutes. I despises long movies. Fist of all, I think it would be wise to start this review with a caution. If you are like me, who foolishly think Seven Samurai will have lots of cool swords-slashing-samurai-worthy scenes, then you are in for a disappointment. No, Seven Samurai is at best a drama movie. The story of seven ronin a.k.a masterless Samurai who help poor farmers to defend their village from raging bandits is low on the action side but high on drama. The film has all the right characters to make you care. From the poor farmers who have nothing to eat, masterless samurai with hearts of gold to evil bandits who come and terrorize defenseless people, I understand why Seven Samurai holds its steady rank on the classic movies altar. However on the down side, with its black and white shot, distracting camera work, poorly executed action and way too long duration, I can’t help but feel disoriented once the film ends. But I understand I am watching a very old movie and for that Seven Samurai has my highest regards.