The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2010)

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A petty thief stumbles upon a map whilst robbing a train and sets off to retrieve the treasure with a cold-blooded assassin, a bounty hunter, a gang of outlaws and the Japanese army in pursuit.

The Good, The Bad, The Weird despite its title has little in common with Sergio Leone’s classic western. It’s far more of an out-and-out action film, spending little time bothering to flesh out the back story of the characters, and the plot is really just a long chase punctuated by over the top shoot-outs. What it is though, is a lot of fun; the charismatic leads are always engaging to watch and the light hearted blend of comedy and action has far more in common with the likes of Indiana Jones than The Man With No Name. I personally would have liked to have seen more of “the good”; the laconic bounty hunter was for me the most interesting character, but also the one we learn the least about. It has a couple of nice twists, and the ending can be seen as a comment on how in the modern age, wealth has become an abstract that has been taken from the grasp of the individual. I’d recommend watching the alternate ending if its available, which contains a couple of extra scenes that made it rather more satisfying.

Otherwise, The Good, The Bad, The Weird is fun modern swashbuckler with plenty of humour and manic action making for some quality unpretentious entertainment.

7.5/10

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