A few weeks ago, I was invited to a press screening of The Good, the Bad, the Weird, an absurdly entertaining Korean film from writer/director Kim Jee-woon (with assistance from co-writer Kim Min-suk) that blends the western genre (obviously referenced in the title—duh) with Hong Kong action to create the sort of hybrid cinema that is at once refreshing and—because of the relentlessness of the deliriously choreographed action sequences—completely exhausting.
(By the way, why is it that I tend to get press invitations to ASIAN films and GAY films, but not much else?! Hmm.... Invite me to the next Tyler Perry premiere, Hollywood!)
I've really got to hand it to a film that can hold my interest for two-and-a-half hours with virtually no plot, no character development, no political allegory, no historical significance, and no thematic complexity to speak of. The movie zips by from one crazy action scene to another, propelled by one of the most entertaining soundtracks I've heard all year.
Everything you really need to know about The Good, the Bad, the Weird—which starts rolling out in American theaters this weekend—is summed up in the poster's tagline: "Three Outlaws, One Map, No Prisoners." Yup. That's pretty much it.
By the way, I hate westerns, but this movie rocked my world—even though I left it feeling like I had just been jumped by family of wild boars.
(For those of you outside Hollywood, you might be interested to know—I don't think I've mentioned this before—that press screenings usually take place in small screening rooms where critics and the like scribble notes quietly and do their best to try not to show any emotion. I usually sit there, notebook free, clenching my fists because I can't have popcorn and a Diet Coke. [No food allowed!] But I'll laugh when it's funny, and I'll cheer when it's warranted. Remove those ass sticks, critics!)
I should mention a couple other things.
According to the production notes, all of the action sequences were shot without the assistance of any computer graphics, and all of the actors, including the three stars and all the extras, did their own stunts.
And, finally, I have to say that two of the lead actors are super super hot! (Do you notice a recurring theme here with these movie posts?)
Jung Woo-sung plays "The Good":
And Lee Byung-hun plays "The Bad":
Sticky rice! Sticky rice!