Sean's Review of The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun-nom, Nabbeun-nom, Isanghan-nom)
If I see a more exciting action movie all summer I will be very surprised. Its as if someone went inside my mind and made a mash-up of all my favorite movies. The three main characters are all brilliant, especially Kang-ho Song as the Weird. All of them had interesting takes on their counterparts from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, while also being unique. I liked that this was an homage without being a very strict remake. Obviously reminding anyone of Leone's film is just asking for trouble, but Ji-woon Kim manages to make this film feel fresh and not just like a series of references. The film is beautiful to look at and there are certain shots which boggle my mind. There are three main action set-pieces and each one is better than the last. The final chase reminded me of the one in Road Warrior, but cubed. I know a stuntman died filming this movie, and it is always obvious that the people on screen are in some serious danger. I'd been excited for this film since I heard about it almost two years ago, and the build up meant there was a good chance I would be disappointed. I don't know if its a timeless classic, but in the hours since seeing it, my affection for it has grown even more. I watched it on demand, but would certainly pay to see it at a theater, where it will have its biggest impact. One of the best films I've seen this year for sure.