Last night I saw The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for the first time, and thanks to Cinemark, I was able to see it on the big screen. I left in awe of the film. I love genre movies that defy their genre by having their own stylistic twist.
I also enjoyed each of the three main characters and found Lee Van Cleef's Angel Eyes to be one of the most magnetic, charismatic, and likable villains ever. Maybe it was the smile, the laugh, the voice, but it was probably his seductive gaze.
Another equally shallow observation I had involved Clint Eastwood's hair. His performance is cool, and he does more with silence than he does with words. But that head of hair! Holy cow.
Finally, is it fair to say that Eli Wallach stole the movie from his co-stars? He's one of those performers who was always so good that I forget how good he was. Every scene in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with Wallach is made better by him being in it. His physicality and his timing are simply flawless. And there's something magical about his feverish run through the graveyard in the last act of the movie.
And my gosh, the soundtrack. There's nothing original I could say about it, so I'll leave it at this: Guess what I was listening to first thing this morning.
There was only one thing that bothered me about the movie: the title doesn't have an Oxford comma.
As you can see, I have my artistic priorities straight.
Next week, Cinemark, Fandango, and Turner Classic Movies are rereleasing The Ten Commandments to theaters. I loved that movie as a kid, but I've never had a chance to see it on anything other than VHS or ABC and where we lived, the reception was so bad, the movie looked like it had been shot through sands in an hourglass.
Before you go, here's Metallica's cover of "Ecstasy of Gold" from Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly score...