Title: The Good, the Bad, the Weird

Also known as:
Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom (Original title)
Nom Nom Nom (Informal short title)

Year: 2008

Genre: Adventure / Western / Comedy

Language: Korean / Mandarin / Japanese

Runtime: 125 min

Director: Ji-woon Kim

Writer: Ji-woon Kim & Min-suk Kim

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0901487/

In a 1940's Manchuria, three outlaws rival to be the first to find a treasure that can be found with the help of a map. They are followed by both bandits and the army, but all three are equally set on getting that treasure before anyone else does.

Our thoughts:
"The Good, The Bad, The Weird" is a title that have been talked about a bit in my circles, but since it never really appealed to me I never gave it a chance until I was sent a copy of it to review, and I must say this is one of the best and most entertaining adventures I've seen since... I was a kid, probably.

It starts out with a shoot-out on a moving train where we're introduced to all three of our lead bandits, "The Good" (played by Woo-sung Jung), "The Bad" (Byung-hun Lee) and "The Weird" (Kang-ho Song). It doesn't take long before we're out of the train and a quest for a treasure becomes apparent to the viewer. It's really just a basic plot of who will find it first but the way there is what is really good about it. Many shoot-outs and some great violence, but the best part to me was the ending where they are in the middle of the desert and there's people on horses and jeeps everywhere just shooting eachother, followed by a great duel with our three leads. It's equal parts funny and action-packed.

Kang-ho Song is probably the only Korean actor I can tell apart from others because I liked him so much in "The Host". He just has a very likable face and personality, and not to mention that he is very funny without doing much more than a simple blank stare, if he wants too. The acting is great through the entire film though, The Bad does a great job at being a pretty stereotypical bad guy. Both The Good and The Weird seem to be towards the good side so this is why The Bad comes off as even more bad than he was probably intended to be. A very likable character though, which makes the finale even more exciting. Who will you root for?

What impressed me above all though is how beautiful this film was. The cinematography is outstanding with a mixed feeling of western and post-apocalyptic elements, with some amazing shots over the desert. The soundtrack helps to further build the beauty into this film, making it much more than just action.

"The Good, the Bad, the Weird" comes highly recommended from someone like me that never cared much for adventure films because I got bored with them. "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" packs the energy and entertainment that I liked about them growing up, and it's a great looking little film too. You will most likely have a blast with this film, and when it's not funny it just has awesome shoot-outs.

Positive things:
- Kang-ho Song is always fun in his roles.
- Beautifully shot with great music.
- There are apparently several endings, but I was very happy with the one I saw.
- Bang, bang!
Negative things:
- Unless your film is "Army of Darkness", don't have alternative endings.
- The two hour runtime isn't a bother but it didn't have to be that long.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0.5/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 4/5
Comedy: 4/5

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