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Whilst never taking itself too seriously, this riotous and rollicking Sergio Leone-inspired Korean Western is serious fun.
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Imagine the sparseness of classic oaters matched with the energy of martial arts movies and you've got what Kim Jee-won has wrought.
With a nod and a wink to Sergio Leone, South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon delivers a slam-bang western set in Manchuria after the Japanese invasion in 1931.
Kimchi Westerns, anyone?
If you're going to attempt an ambitious action epic, you'd better have the directorial chops to pull it off. Kim clearly doesn't.
A giddy mashup of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns and Lucas and Spielberg's Indiana Jones romps, this guns-a-blazing wide-screen Korean hit offers a nuttily staged, beautifully filmed, but kind of brainless homage to old-school Hollywood.
As vigorously staged as it all is -- sometimes confusingly, occasionally with camera-torqueing flair and impressive stuntwork -- the urge to thrill grows wearisome.
It isn't the film's style-over-substance approach that prevents it from being as engaging and entertaining as it desires; it's the lack of cohesiveness and discernible rhythm.
The most amazing silliness I've seen in ages.
... a madcap chase for a treasure map filled with double crosses, crazy escapes and lots of black humor.
This film was a total blast from start to finish! It's more than Good, has little that is Bad, and is filled with the Weird.
This is an object example of every dollar being on the screen.
'The Good, the Bad, the Weird' offers a bizarre but intoxicating synthesis of silliness and awe.
This Sergio Leone-inspired Korean Western is well directed, funny and thoroughly entertaining especially for fans of Spaghetti Westerns, pretty much like Tarantino's well-known pastiches, but it is also overlong and doesn't seem to know how to end.
A petty thief stumbles upon a map whilst robbing a train and sets off to retrieve the treasure with a cold blooded assassin, a bounty hunter, a gang of outlaws and the Japanese army in pursuit. The Good The Bad The Weird despite its title has little in common with Leone's film. It's far more of an out and out action film, spending little time bothering to flesh out the back story of the characters and the plot is really just a long chase punctuated by over the top shoot outs. What it is, is a lot of fun; the charismatic leads are always engaging to watch and the lighthearted blend of comedy and action has far more in common with the likes of Indiana Jones than The Man With No Name. I personally would have liked to have seen more of "the good", the laconic bounty hunter was for me the most interesting character, but also the one we learn the least about. It has a couple of nice twists and the ending can be seen as a comment on how in the modern age, wealth has become an abstract that has been taken from the grasp of the individual. I'd recommend watching the alternate ending if its available, which contains a couple of extra scenes that made it a lot more satisfying (quite why they were removed in the first place, I have no idea) and seeing it pushed my score up half a star.
A dazzling two-hour smashup of pure non-stop enjoyment that you cannot get enough of. A ridiculously entertaining and wildly enjoyable movie. A pure and utterly fun action movie that's bold, very funny and inventive. A great tribute to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. A slam-bang classic that is just a wonderful blast to watch. Director, Kim Ji-woon crafts a stunning, visually impressive and stylish western. It's filled with gun-slinging action, sizzling suspense, wild antics, great locations and terrific characters. It's beautifully filmed and refreshingly entertaining. An absolutely brilliant and tremendously thrilling piece of action movie magic. It's always fresh, energetic and never boring. The cast is a real blast. They all look like they are having fun with their roles. Song Kang-ho is outrageous. Byung-hun Lee is excellent. Woo-sung Jung is terrific. I really loved this movie, it's not what you expect and dose not end the way you think it will but its exactly what you will want to see.
A spaghetti western with Koreans?!?!? Hey, it works!
Frenetic action, marvelous set-pieces coupled with quirky humor, and some of the most creative camerawork to grace an action movie makes "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" an absolute marvel to watch. When the action dies down, the movie continues to offer a surprisingly entertaining, albeit simplistic narrative that involves all its characters to be singularly focused on one goal: the map. It works but it simply isn't as memorable as it should be -- especially the last action set-piece; it was surprisingly boring with really sloppy action compared to the rest of the spectacular ensemble set-pieces.
When all's said and done, "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" may have some stand-out camera-workings paired with some inventive and adrenaline-pumping in-your-face action, but it hardly manages to be a memorable movie.
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