Mini Movie Review: The Good, The Bad, The Weird, 2008

OK you guys – I’m going to say this knowing full well I haven’t seen nearly the full breadth of what the genre has to offer, but that’s why I’m phrasing it this way and I really do mean it – The Good, The Bad, The Weird is the best Western I’ve ever seen. And it’s about The East. Can we call it an Eastern?

Goddammit is this movie fun, from start to finish. It’s got a train robbery, shoot outs, a chase through the desert, a Mexican stand off, and that only covers about half of it. The three leads are entertaining as hell, and all the supporting cast bring strong character work to make the world here come to life. And what a world it is – set in Manchuria during the 1930’s when Japan was invading Korea, the movie gave me a fascinating history lesson masked as a non stop thrill ride.

The filmmaking is really top notch here, from the camera work, to the editing, to the costuming and set pieces, this movie is so well executed you can tell from the first frame it’s going to be excellent. I just want to shout The Good, The Bad, The Weird praises from a mountaintop so that more people seek it out and give it a shot.

The Good, The Bad, The Werid scored: ★★★★★

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