Sunday, November 7, 2010

"What's his name? Lee! LEE!"

"The good, the bad and the ugly" tells the story of three men shooting their ways to find the Confederate money. They are Angel Eyes - an assassin, Blondie - a mysterious sharp shooter and Tuco - a Mexican bandit. Blondie and Tuco cooperate and split the reward for Tuco's head until Tuco's value no longer appreciate. Blondie abandons Tuco alone in the desert, taking the money and getting away, leaving Tuco to make his own way back to town. While Tuco attempts to take revenge on Blondie, they both find themselves keeping two part of the puzzle that leads them to the gold. Angel Eyes, at the same time, finds out about the money and set off. When they accidentally meet in a military camp, Angel Eyes tortures Tuco to extract the information and takes Blondie with him to find the treasure in some graveyard. Tuco and Blondie team up to prevent Angel Eyes from getting to the graveyard. Yet, in the end, he makes it to the site and a gun fight happens. Blondie kills Angel Eyes, takes half of the money and deserts Tuco, again, with the other half of the gold.

"The good, the bad and the ugly" is the epitome of Spaghetti Western, a genre of movies directed in Italia and Spain in the sixties. The superb music by Ennio Morricone is the highlight of the movie, with its simple yet extremely tense melodies. Together with the closeup shot at each character's eyes, the music creates a creepy suspense each and every time something is about to happen. Although Clint East Wood basically does nothing but frown, his character is well portrayed. He is still a badass despite his being The good, since he kills so many people. The character Tuco is the most well acted protagonist in the film. The actor, Eli Wallach, succeeds in depicting a dumb and funny yet emotional Mexican bandit in such a natural way that the audience is most attracted to him and even develop a sympathy with the character.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post, Duong! Just proofread more closely :-)