Let me preface this by declaring my love of the quirky, dark Korean movie. I loved the dysfunction of The Quiet Family (1998), and the domestic hitman vibe of Guns and Talks (2001). So I’m thinking I’m going to like The Good, The Bad and The Weird. It’s seems to have so much going for it. C’mon, gunslinging Koreans in Manchuria! Byung-hun Lee AND Kang-ho Song from Joint Security Area! A bounty hunter and a treasure map!
And yet, it’s missing something, some Korean goodness that makes a quirky Korean film…..well, quirky. Quite frankly, I was bored. YES, bored watching a Korean movie!!!! Is that even possible? It had high production value; it’s a well-made movie technically -speaking. But I just couldn’t care less about the plot or the characters. I stopped this thing twice before getting through it. Now, I know all Korean films are not quirky, dark comedies or tense dramas or crazy action. This isn’t any of those, but it’s not much of anything else. I just can’t put my finger on it, but I can sum it up: not good, just bad and weird!