Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (1966)[pipdig_stars rating=”2.5″ align=”center”]
directed by Sergio Leone
starring Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef
Are westerns the issue? Halfway through the film I took a break (needed many of those) to look at my letterboxd account and check if I had ever seen a western besides Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and 3:10 To Yuma (which I largely can’t remember). And for the most part, I’ve either seen modern westerns, or classic ones that are not really typical, at least when compared to this one. Some are even favourite movies of mine, though I wouldn’t put The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford (2007), or even Hud (1963), next to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966).[spacer height=”20px”] [pipdig_banner image=”https://www.returningvideotapes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/The-Good-The-Bad-and-The-Ugly-1966-Full.jpg” alt=”On The Set of LE MÉPRIS (1963) directed by Jean-Luc Godard” size=”450″] [spacer height=”10px”]
— Blondie, in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
There were some good moments though. Like the truel and the cemetery, and Tuco having a bath. A couple of jokes landed, too. The movie absolutely thrived in those scenes and I could feel myself wake up for a bit and know exactly why The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) is so beloved.
But mostly it was just a whole lot of riding, staring, and smoking. And shooting. Sometimes all the same time. Of speaking slowly, but mostly saying nothing. I’m not opposed to slow movies with long running times (the above mentioned favourites prove just that), but this was painfully boring for most of its run.[spacer height=”30px”] [left] [/left] [right] [/right]
Tuco, in Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (1966)
And I know I will get hell for this but the score also really tried my patience. Yes, Morricone composed some iconic tracks, and those were great (I mean, really great), but I can’t get over how annoying the sentimental ones were. Visually there was very little to hold on to as well. It’s purely a subjective matter, but ashy, desaturated colours, with little contrast and where everything is a shade of brown and sweat, really aren’t my aesthetic.
Best part of it was probably the acting: Wallach was pretty entertaining and funny (definitely the most energetic of the three), and Eastwood is effortlessly cool wearing a poncho. Van Cleef was aptly like a cheshire cat. But yes, this was not my cup of tea at all. Now, you know I like to keep things positive, but I’m also honest, and so I couldn’t write this post any differently. I don’t see myself revisiting this one in the next 30 years but I’m open to suggestions for good westerns. I’ve always wanted to see High Noon because I figured, besides Paul Newman, Gary Cooper is the man to make me enjoy any film – so hit me up in the comments with the ones you think I’ll like![spacer height=”40px”]
Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (1966)
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Directed by Sergio Leone
Writen by Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone, Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli
Starring Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef
Running Time: 3h06min Genre: Western
Synopsis While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
Previous Blind Spot Entries:
A Place in The Sun (1951) | January
Love With The Proper Stranger (1963) | February
Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948) | March
La Notte (1961) | April
Metropolis (1927) | May
Paths of Glory (1957) | June
Le Mépris (1963) | July
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