THE MARATHON WITH NO NAME REVIEW: “You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.” “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” stars Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino), Eli Wallach (The Holiday, The Magnificent Seven ), Lee Van Cleef (Armed Response, The Octagon), Luigi Pistilli (A Bay of Blood, The Great Silence), Antonio Molino Rojo (The Big Gundown, Sinatra), and Mario Brega (My Name is Nobody, Once Upon a Time in America). It is directed by Sergio Leone (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More). The last entry in “The Man with No Name” trilogy, and the most highly acclaimed, this movie follows the Man with No Name (Eastwood, the Good) as he has a new partner named Tuco (Wallach, the Ugly). They go around to every town pulling the same scam or routine to earn cash. The Man with No Name is the safest in the partnership, only going through this routine for a few extra dollars while Tuco is the most wanted of the two who is always thinking about himself and how he can get out of a tight spot. One day, after a heated argument, Tuco and the Man with No Name end their partnership only to end up finding the deal of a lifetime: a hidden treasure of 200,000 dollars. Tuco gets some information on the location, but needs one final piece of the puzzle, which the Man with No Name has, prompting them to form an alliance again to find the treasure. All the while, there is a third man tracking the money down: a hitman named Angel Eyes (Cleef, the Bad) who only does what he is paid to do. The three of these men will fight to find the treasure, no matter what it may cost them.
Seeing as how this movie is very famous, having surpassed its predecessors with its criteria, I had high hopes for it. Everything was riding on what people have said about it. Having that said, I must say that this movie is one of the best that I have seen in my life. The story is very original, looking back on the time it was made. It had many different perspectives to it as well as plotlines. Even though the Man with No Name was almost always paired up with Tuco, you still got to witness the two characters develop separately instead of always seeing them react to each other, which was great. Besides those characters, Van Cleef’s Angel Eyes was an awesome character. What I found to be a great decision was how they didn’t include him in most of the movie. Mainly because of how I saw him in the previous movie, “For a Few Dollars More”, and got used to it. Besides, this movie was focused on the dynamic of Tuco and the Man with No Name anyway. It made it all the while more to want to see Angel Eyes. One thing I found to be a big step up from the other two movies is the cinematography and directing. The wide shots of the “west” and the desert (which has the best shots) were fantastic. Even though some of the shots were a little long, they were interesting to see every detail in every frame. With the directing, half of the scenes just get stuck in my head because of how they were shot and how free-flowing they were with the different vantage points. It was fascinating to look at. One scene that comes to my head is the opening scene. No talking for almost ten minutes. But, the directing made it possible to see these actors’ reactions and just know what they are thinking, making it in a way more intense. All of the acting was great as always and even though there is a bunch of different languages being said on the screen, the actors can still play off of each other well. What is interesting, while sitting here typing and watching bonus features of the same time, is how some of the best dialogue and movement scenes were improved (Eli Wallach’s bathtub quote was one of them). Another thing I must say was great was the Civil War scenes. The Civil War is my favorite war and to see it portrayed in some part with these characters I enjoy was fun to observe. With this movie also came awesome action scenes. From the first kill to the final standoff, this film pulled no punches when offering killer scenes (the bridge’s fate scene was one of the best). With those action scenes also came great music, including the all too famous “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly- Titles” (as written on iTunes). Now, the next thing I say may come as a shock. As I watched this movie, although it was long, it didn’t feel long. I was entertained throughout no matter how long shots would be. And for that, I have to say that I found no cons with this film, making it the first film on my review site to get a perfect score. Nothing else needs to be said after that sentence you just read, other than what you should be thinking of doing! (hint: watch it!!) FINAL SCORE: 100%= Juicy Popcorn
This movie has been inducted into The Juicy Hall of Fame.
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