Dollars Trilogy 3: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1969)

All right, time for the biggie now! The good, The Bad and The Ugly is the last part of the trilogy and definitely the best one. I would even go on to say that this is a movie of epic proportions. A grand stage for Sergio Leone to show his skills at making a perfect spaghetti western. There is no scope for any criticisms for this movie, everything is spot on. The movie is about three men after a huge sum of money and their journey which is intertwined with skirmishes with others and amongst themselves. All come up to one last three way gunfight between the three in a huge graveyard where they find the money. The story is much stronger and not as straight forward as we are used to see in a western. It keeps you glued to the screen an you never know which way it will go. I am not saying that its a top notch on edge of your seat thriller, i am just saying that it is one of the most thrilling westerns ever made and perhaps the best ever western.

Clint Eastwood(The Good) and Lee Von Cliff(The Bad) go on from where they left in For a Few Dollars More, they both play their roles to perfection, But it is Eli Wallach(The Ugly) who steals the show hands down. He plays the role of a crooked outlaw Tuco and he does portray the character wickedly enough. The best part is that even though they are supposed to be The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, there is no clear demarcation as such. All of them are just after money and care about nothing else but the money. Clint Eastwood does show glimpses of good side when he helps the dying army captain and fulfills his wish, but on the other hand he does wrong Eli Wallach in the first half, and again he is not your straight forward humbling cowboy hero who wont shoot first and follow the law. Similarly Eli Wallach is indeed the most wicked among the three but he can be considered on the brink of the bad as well as the good as well besides he is the funniest. Lee Von Cliff although is never shown deviating from his definition of The Bad, he is as menacing as a villain could be, but in a cool, calm and deadly way. He is not going to shout out loud or laugh like Gabbar but he will eat you alive with his stare but again he is shown as a man of principles, who will not deter from his job come what may.

Well, if you ask me what is the best part about the movie, you would be putting me into a lot of trouble, I really can’t pick anything without leaving behind the rest of it. But after pushing my teeny tiny brain to its absolute limits and cursing you countless times in between, I would have to say it is a tie between Eli Wallach’s portrayal of Tuco and the music. The music is so good that you still here it at a lot of places (and it has been abused in almost a 100 Bollywood movies i suppose). Ennio Morricone at his absolute best.
Rating: “Whoever double-crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco.” so you better go and watch(and like) this movie or your days are over outta 10!

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