Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)

The Good, The Bad, The Weird (Review)
Kim Jee-woon/Song Kang-ho/2008
Where to Watch:
Netflix Streaming
Amazon Prime

"technically brilliant, and the story is filled with adrenaline and excitement."

In 1930s Manchuria, The Bad (Lee Byung-hun), a vicious bandit, is hired to steal a valuable treasure map from a train. The Good (Jung Woo-sung), a skillful bounty hunter, is on his trail. But, before the map can be acquired, The Weird (Song Kang-ho), a thief, shows up...

The Good, The Bad, The Weird follows the trio as they try to acquire the valuable map from one another and try to avoid their pursuers. The Weird takes center stage, though, as he is the first to acquire the map, although incidentally. The Weird finds out about the map and its value, and he tries to stay alive to see it through. The Good sees some promise in the map, but he wants to capture The Bad. Meanwhile, The Bad wants to capture The Weird due to a hidden grudge he holds. The Good, The Bad, The Weird keeps it moving at a ferocious pace until it reaches a classic climax -- the good old Mexican standoff. The ending is great, stick around for in-credits scene for a little more insight.

The Good, The Bad, The Weird is a fantastic action-adventure movie. The story is filled with exhilarating action and laugh out loud humor -- both elements blend well together to create a balanced and versatile film. The action is superbly choreographed and captured through phenomenal camerawork. There are blazing shootouts with particles everywhere, exhilarating chases, and a few trembling explosions -- and it's all captured perfectly. The humor had me laughing than most comedies -- The Weird delivers some of the most hilarious scenes through his funny dialogue and clumsy, witty, and bizarre actions. And, the story always has something going on -- the story is always moving. The Good, The Bad, The Weird is one of the most exciting and adventurous films I've seen.

The trio of leads are fantastic. Lee Byung-hun delivers a classic character -- the slick and violent bandit of few words -- the look in Byung-hun's eyes say a lot about his performance. Jung Woo-sung has less screen time, but he also delivers a noteworthy performance. But, ultimately, Song Kang-ho delivers a brilliant performance; Kang-ho gives such a lively performance -- really a performer who gives it his all, and has fun doing it. The cinematography is beautiful, the lighting is elegant and the use of color is vivid. I though the camerawork was brilliant, very fluid and original. The music matched the setting perfectly, and helped build up the excitement. The direction and writing from Kim Jee-woon is absolutely brilliant; the film is consistent, fluid, lively and stupendously entertaining thanks to the superb direction from Jee-woon.

Overall, The Good, The Bad, The Weird is a superb action film. The movie is technically brilliant, and the story is filled with adrenaline and excitement. With the superb action, incredible acting, and magnificent direction, this is a film that should not be missed.

Score: 10/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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