By: Shane Sullivan
You’re probably asking yourself, “why should I watch a movie that was made in 1966?” Valid question. The answer would be because it is an absolutely incredible three hours of entertainment, but of course I should expand upon that answer. If you have never watched a Western before, start with this one. The combination of action, drama, and comedy centered around three compelling characters makes it a much easier watch than the 3h 6m runtime let’s one believe. Need more reasons than just my opinion? Understandable. Which is exactly why I compiled this list of five reasons why you should watch The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
If your more familiar with films from the last decade or two, you might recognize Clint Eastwood from Gran Torino. And if you haven’t been living under a rock, you would understand that name is synonymous with great Western’s. Depicting “The Good,” Clint Eastwood’s character has no name, aside from the title “Blondie” our friend Tuco gives him. Not only does he completely demand your attention with his presence on screen, but he does so without ever saying more than a sentence or two at a time, if not more than a few words. Between his mannerisms, one liners, and unyielding gaze, he is convincing in every scene.
The Ugly, as he is named in the movies title, is no other than Tuco. You will hate Tuco, and you will love Tuco, but most importantly you will appreciate Tuco. Aside from being an outright interesting character to observe, he also exposes the tropes of “The Good” and “The Bad” in films. In most movies, there are either good guys or bad guys, and the same goes for this film. The character we only ever know as Blondie is very clearly The Good, and the character we only ever hear as Angel Eyes is very clearly The Bad. The Ugly however, is simply caught in the middle of the two in their inevitable clash. It is not that Tuco is neither necessarily good or bad, its just that he never really stops to think about the difference. Survival and pursuit of being rich is all that drives Tuco, and getting caught up in the nuances of good vs evil would only get in his way.
Sergio Leone is the director of this movie, and is widely known as the father of the Spaghetti Western (Fun Fact: they are known as “spaghetti western’s” because the director is more than likely Italian). The cinematography in this movie is one of the reasons that make it so great. Long, nerve wracking scenes will have you spellbound in suspense, while small scenes without much dialogue will tell you all you need to know about a character. Sergio Leone is a master behind the camera and this is one of his finest works.
Different Than Anything You’ll See Today
Being a movie from another era, this is obviously something unlike anything you’ll see in theaters today. The way it is filmed, the way the characters interact, and the way the story unfolds are all unique compared to modern movies. It is 3 hours long though, so I would suggest getting all your favorite movie snacks ready and getting comfortable.
The Epic Finale
Without giving too much away, the ending of this movie is an all timer. The way it is filmed, the music, and the acting through facial expressions all add an element that when combined make it a must watch for anyone that is a fan of losing themselves in a movie. Do yourselves a favor and watch it. If you’re really hung up on the 1966 thing, it’s 2018 now, and they have HD versions of old movies for only a dollar or so more.
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