Monday, January 21, 2013

Masterpieces Classics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1967)

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The third act in a trilogy has always been regarded as a disappointment. 
Return of the Jedi, The Godfather Part III, so I say with great happiness that The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best film of the Dollars trilogy, and easily one of the best movies ever committed to celluloid.

When something isn't broken, don't fix it. Sergio Leone must have followed this guideline from his work he did in For a Few Dollars More, because now, we still spend time with each respective character. Angel Eyes, the Bad, is seen as a Union officer. Tuco, the Ugly, is a low Mexican. The Man with No Name is now called Blondie, despite his brown hair. He is still the wayward tumbleweed, going wherever and doing whatever. The beginning gives us good background on each of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, so we are able to gauge our fondness for each of them before their paths intersect.

The central conflict does not appear until an hour into the epic. You will know it when you see it, and the film kicks into high gear for the remaining two hours.

I recommend this film for all people except those with extreme heart conditions. Leone crafts the film with such perfection that the suspense is heart grabbing and gut wrenching. I would give the film 5 stars, but I go off a 4 star scale.

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