One of These Things Just Doesn’t Belong: The Good, The Bad and the Weird (2008)

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!

3 thoughts on “One of These Things Just Doesn’t Belong: The Good, The Bad and the Weird (2008)

  1. Sorry you didn’t like it. Personally, I enjoyed the movie, but for me, I think the biggest problem with the film was that “The Good” wasn’t a very interesting character. He’s supposed to be the Clint Eastwood/Man with No Name-type, but the character was incredibly bland.

  2. Calvin, I think you are right. We are missing a key element of the trifecta when your Good puts you to sleep.

    Dangerous Meredith, I will try again, but it’s not a good sign when I can’t get through a film in one sitting. I will watch practically anything.

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