Larry's Review of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

    This was Leone's masterpiece. Yes, there are some holes in the plot's logic, as this is almost a pure exercise in style over substance, but it was HIS style. The substance might not be all that deep, but neither was it very deep in a lot of John Ford's work, and nobody talks bad about "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" might or might not have been. Eastwood had mastered this character by now (if it is indeed the same character - that could be the subject of another very interesting debate...), and we began to see here his mastery of gaze and expression that he uses to this day. Wallach's role is a bit more than comic relief, as he is actually the one character about whom we really learn anything, and he's the perfect hyper-foil to Eastwood's silent understatement. This is one of the greatest films ever made (in my humble opinion), but for altogether different reasons than the more typical "great film." What it boils down to is this: it's just SO DAMN COOL, how can you NOT love this stuff??

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