The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 250 Movies Better than Shawshank


Since, as they say, good things (and bad) happen in threes, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is the third and last of my angel series. Directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, this antiwar western is an allegory in which the age old war between Good and Evil is played out against the backdrop of the American Civil War. Blondie aka the Angel of Good, does battle with Angel Eyes; he’s the Angel of Bad. They’ve beamed in and are duking it out in what appears to be a treasure hunt. Meanwhile, Tuco, the human in the equation, is trying to participate in this epic adventure that wends in and out of hellish battle scenes. Tuco thinks he’s part of the action, but is he?

gbu02The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a lesson in minimalist dialog in which each sentence is golden, in which the dialog is supported and enhanced by well tuned mannerisms that speak volumes themselves. Pay attention to Blondie’s cigar, it has a lot to say!

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly presents both a long view, an epic narrative and at the same time is a collection of very human vignettes at times heart warming even sentimental but always memorable.

gbu05I would be remiss if I did not mention the awesome soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone. Yes, Sergio Leone hit all the bases in this masterpiece that presents good and bad in an almost ambivalent light in which the difference between the two are in the details.

Watch it! Love it! This may be the best movie ever made! And while you’re at it, contemplate the import of the ending in the greater scheme of things.

Marcia Letaw


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