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A hilarious parody of Sergio Leone's Westerns!
Director Kim Jee-woon's Western action comedy The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) is a thrilling action comedy that keeps you laughing at the absurdity of it all. The opening train robbery is exhilarating in its gunfire, impressive in its careful execution, and funny in its comedic moments. The finale chase sequence rivals any of the action set-pieces in Mad Max: Fury Road or John Wick as the horse, scooter, and explosives in the scene are riveting.
Although this film is primarily a spoof of Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti Westerns, it stands on its own merits as a well directed film with numerous shocking action sequences that you will not believe how intricately shot they are several times. Kim Jee-woon's direction captures quick fire comedy and rapid fire action shootouts alike all the way down to the brilliant plot twist. The camera work is constantly moving, never letting you get bored, but his choices are inspired and creative where the camera is placed.
The music is a fun infusion of modern funk jazz with Western style classical melded together to keep you on your toes. You never know what you'll hear next, but it is sure to please your ears. The sound choices are magnificent as loud gunshots sound weighted, explosions are massive, and the debris is everywhere. The stunts are unreal as you will often wonder how they filmed any of this movie without killing everyone for real.
Song Kang-ho is ridiculously funny and entertaining as "The Weird" aspect of the film named Yoon Tae-goo. His off kilter style of comedy revolves around physical comedy, witty comebacks, goofy movements. He is captivating you with chuckles throughout The Good, The Bad, The Weird.
I also really liked Jung Woo-sung's cool leading character of "The Good" named Park Do-won. His flurry of rifle fire and sniper shots are impressive, but his collected persona is the most entertaining as he accomplishes these outstanding feats of acrobatics and deadshot skills all while appearing calm and focused.
You will never forget the killer villain "The Bad" played by the fiercely intense Lee Byung-hun. His jet black hair in his face, scars, suit, and brutal combat sequences are as cool as his dramatic moments of reflection or insanity. He is a fearsome opponent and makes for a compelling antagonist at all times.
This movie is for fans of the Western genre, who desperately need a laugh or a thrill!
Let's call it peculiar...
The film balances humour, great acting and a surprisingly great story splendidly, all the while never losing its element of fun throughout.
Loved it. Camera work was exciting and frenetic, yet still totally comprehendible. If chaos cinema was done correctly. Sometimes the camera swirls in total 360's (even one 540) and everything still makes sense. Silliness and gun battles with an epic horse-ride chase at the end. Lots of Tarantino violence and blatant ripoff Leone plot points. I will definitely be rewatching.
You would think a movie ripping off a title of one of the most famous movies of all time would just be another horrible bargain bin movie, but it truly lives up to the name with a weiiiird funny comedy action-packed slam jam rat race of a film. The chase scene towards the end is... is. It is. It does. Please don't let me be misunderstood, this movie is incredible. Watch it if you like a good spaghetti western; a Korean action-comedy movie; a madcap slapstick; a treasure-hunting adventure; or just like shoot-outs. Watch this and love it.
Funny korean explosive action-modernized western. Stylistic and intense, thus procreating a visual and broad-spectered adventure-ish quest for the treasure-map. Violence, shooting and killing delivered like in amouth worthy for an korean classic, thats for sure. A lot of effort is put behind, creating three very different characters in focus, in a some-kind-of salute towards Leones classic "The Good, the bad and the ugly". Entertaining and weird.
An easy, fun, and exciting spectacle that is expertly crafted by a master filmmaker. This is the type of thing I would've had on repeat as a young moviegoer.
"The Good, The Bad, The Weird" puts any and all American filmmakers in the action genre to shame.
This is a Sergio Leone inspired western action movie that's totally entertaining that has non-stop action coupled with comedy. A slam-bang boom boom fun ride.
There are some sort of cliches for this kind of western genre and unnecessary scenes functioning only for being seen stylish. Nevertheless, I have to accept that it is cool movie.
A "Kimchi Western" that's more George Miller and Gore Verbinski than Sergio Leone.
I'm a big fan of action movies that don't take themselves to seriously while also being surprisingly violent.