(Or ‘why I love The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly so much’.)
(I couldn’t write a proper review, so I settled for this.)
(Honestly, this post will be ridiculously fangirly and make little to no sense, so just be warned.)
~Opening credits. All that colour and energy and the EPIC music.
~*freeze frame* “the ugly.” *freeze frame* “the bad.” *freeze frame* “the good.”
~THE MUSIC IS INSANELY AMAZING. I could rave about all day. That theme played over and over again in so many different ways (my favorite is the whistle version) + The Ecstasy of Gold (I can’t count the number of times I’ve listened to that). I’d watch the movie a hundred times just for the soundtrack.
~Blondie + that little kitten = adorable.
~Also, I love Blondie and I want to watch the other two films in the Man With No Name trilogy because hours and hours of him being epic sounds like a great idea. He’s so cool (like, SUPER cool, as in giving-Josh-Randall-a-run-for-his-money cool) and mysterious and just….WOW. His introduction scene is my favorite of the three and Elisabeth and I fangirl over him lots.
~Okay, I really, really love the look of surprise on Blondie’s face when Angel Eyes shows up at the graveyeard. I want a gif.
~DID I MENTION THE MUSIC?
~The film is so long that by the time they all get to the graveyard, you feel like you’ve gone on the whole, long journey with Tuco and Blondie and, to some degree, Angel Eyes. And THEN the director keeps building up the tension until, when that bag of gold finally splits open, you feel just as excited and exuberant as Tuco.
~GBU is completely epic in scope but it’s also a simple story: three guys hunting for a fortune in gold. Every other thing that happens is just an obstacle in the way of the three characters (and they really are CHARACTERS) coming together in one of the biggest and best finales in movie history.
~Um…Blondie setting off the cannon with his cigar is unbelievably awesome.
~THE SHOWDOWN. I can’t even talk about the showdown. It was too ASOIDFJOAWJRIJASDFMKWROO. Really. It was.
~Me throughout the whole film: *freaks out because of awesomeness*
~Tuco and Blondie’s relationship is one-of-a-kind. They hate each other but they’re sometimes friends, too, and I don’t know how that works, but it does. The scene where they take out every guy in Angel Eyes’ gang in the dusty, deserted town is great. And their little scam system at the beginning…LOVE it.
~Again, THE MUSIC.
~Favorite quote: “When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.”
~Basically, the entire movie is unique and brilliant and epic and I really couldn’t write a review because it would be less than useless when it comes to conveying all my thoughts. This hodge-podge of a post was all I could do. (And, believe me, it doesn’t do this movie or my feelings for it justice.) The only two things I don’t like about GBU are the scenes that drag the Civil War into the story (meh) and the bit where Tuco doesn’t let Blondie save Shortie (UGH). Other than that, it’s all kinds of awesome.