There is not a day in my life that I do not watch movies :) or read books :)
As per me - its criminal to not to watch movies & read books.
Give me any good movie or a book any day and I will be more than glad to go through them.
Be it an Indian, a Western, European, Japanese, British - anything but in English for now.
Suggest a good one & you will see my take on the same within a week on this Blog :)
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The Good, The Bad and The Weird (2008) - Korean Comedy / Action
Korea’s reply to western “The Good,
The Bad and The Ugly” and what a movie it was – I must say. Although no ways –
it can be compared with Sergio Leone’s original but it stands out on its own in
being a damn good entertainer. Like all the other Korean movies are – over the
top and fully loaded with mind blowing action, comedy, drama and lots of blood
/ gore too. This movie’s USP big time is its cinematography – I mean – I must
have seen close to 250 movies this year and none comes close to this one’s camera
work – totally OUTSTANDING. You’ve got to see it to believe it and if you have
already seen it – I am sure you will agree with me. Right from the very first
shot till the very end – it’s an amazing visual treat, almost 2 hours and a
little longer – it’s a total treat. If you know what Korean movies stand for –
you can’t miss this one at any cost. I am going with a good 3 thumbs up for
this one. It’s certainly a great one time watch at least.
The Movie: As I mentioned earlier
and if you have seen the original – you exactly know where this movie is going
and how it all is going to end. But the question is again how? And that’s the
best part about this movie – the way they have shot the whole story with so
many characters thrown in between all fighting first for the same map and then
to locate the treasure and dig it out. Visually it’s a stunning movie right
from the very start – we were hooked to its cinematography right from the first
aerial shot of a flying eagle picking up a dead bird from a train track as the
train passes by – totally awesome shot. Then the camera shifts first to the
left then to the right of the track before entering inside with a train robbery
by two different groups being attempted. Here we are introduced to the good (Jung
Woo-sung) and the weird (Song Kang-ho) followed by the final and the best
character of the movie the bad (Lee Byung-hun). The fighting sequences and the
robbery is shot in such a fiery pace that its just amazing to see so much going
in such a short span of time. Before even you realize where it’s going and how
its going to end the bad guy takes over.
The fighting sequences are done
so well and are so stunning that I have not seen something like that this year.
So many laugh out loud moments with the weird guy doing all kinds of weird
stuff as he is famous for. Even the guy that they picked up I guess is a master
of comedy in Korean movies – I remember I saw another movie with him in lead
couple of weeks back and there too – he did a commendable job of making us laugh
big time with his histrionics. Although the good guy never comes close to our
own Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone’s movie but still he holds it pretty good.
As per me – the full credit goes to the guy who plays “The Bad” – he is damn
good, in his facial expressions, fighting sequences, his hair style, the way he
does all his stunts etc. His best movie to date will be “I Saw the Devil” and
he was excellent in that one. Initial one hour the fight is for the Map between
the good, bad and the weird. Once the map is set with good and weird joining
hands for a joint operation followed by bad, we are up for a thrilling chase
between all the gangs.
And The Weird
The Finale: Between The Good, The
Weird, followed by further more Manchurian Bandits, Japanese army and The Bad
man’s gang – is an awesome watch, totally hooking stuff with so much of going
on that too in such a style that its hard to keep a track yet its simply
outstanding job on screen. The ending as we already know is classic too with
the treasure and final fights between all of them. That’s one movie which
deserves a proper Blue Ray viewing with a good home theater to say the least. I
am up for a damn good print and couple of more future viewings for sure.