For any film buff the title alone automatically brings this South Korean film into the Spaghetti Western milieu of good guy versus bad guy archetypes. And that is exactly what this film is. Add the Tarantino incarnations to the genre and you get closer to what Kim Jee-woon has done with this original take. A fun time adventuresly well spent. Leone, Eastwood, and Tarantino would be proud!
This film does so many different things and it does all of them better than most films that only try to do one of those things. Lee Byung-hun is the coolest man on the planet. Jung Woo-sung is so perfectly collected and stoic. Song Kang-ho is an eclectic mess in the most deliberate and beautiful way. I could watch this again right away.
This movie is filled with extremely entertaining characters, action scenes, and comedy. The story is interesting and engaging, and the characters are very well developed and likable. This film does a good job of parodying the Western genre and making it enjoyable to watch.
What happens when a movie isn't as good as you expected it to be? Do you end up being more critical than you would have been if you had gone in with no expectations? I think I was expecting a four (using the language and template we are somewhat stuck with here), and I gave it a two. Would I have given it a three if I had no expectations? At times like this I'm not sure why we still play the number of stars game.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into this film but I was pleased almost entirely through it. I'm not one for western type films but this one was different. The characters were funny and unique but didn't ever really develop through out the film. I also really enjoyed the colors used through out the movie and it's soundtrack is perfectly fitting as well. Overall, The Good, The Bad, The Weird was pretty good.
An immensely entertaining movie with some amazing shootout scenes and hilarious character dynamics. Jee-woon's take on the Western genre is very refreshing, and the Japanese-occupied, 1930s Manchuria setting makes for the perfect setting. The only major criticism I have of the film is that I wish Do-won, Chang-yi, and Tae-goo had a bit more characterization and backstory. Nonetheless a great film.
A fun and fast paced action western that follows different party of people looking for treasure. The movie wastes no time getting to the story and uses it as a device to have exciting and well shot fight scenes that parody old adventure movies. The characters are fun to watch but feature no development, but they all come together in a huge climax that ties it all together very well.
Don't go into this movie expecting an Oscar worthy story. This movie doesn't have much of a plot but that doesn't mean its not a great movie. Its basically just one really long action scene with weird and unique characters thrown in. At times it seems like a western but with modern vehicles and at other times it seems like its some sort of medieval movie with characters fighting with swords. Its really weird. See it.
"Life is chasing and being chased." - Park Do-won aka "The Good". A simple plot married with style for days, bullets by the bucket load, finely tuned continuous shots, sparking dialogue, charismatic actors, lush cinematography, a genuine Spaghetti Western score, a hefty dose of humor and a pinch of historico-cultural backdrop - what fun!