I watched this movie yet again–the extended English version from beginning titles to the end titles. This time my son wanted to see it as he somehow picked up the “western” bug as far his favorite movies go. He even drew a stylized picture from the opening gunfight from Once Upon a Time in the West (see below). The movie was long and I was surprised to discover that I sat and watched it uninterrupted for the entire time–not even a bathroom break. There is something new I notice each time I watch and in the end I’m simply amazed at just how good this movie is. I won’t attempt to review the movie here as there are many other, better written reviews found on line (Ebert, cinescene, whatculture). I did capture some images from the movie of some interesting western themed architecture (.pdf below).
The greatest thing about The Good, The Bad and the Ugly for a gamer is that it will instantly put you into the “western mood”. The movie is firmly set in the ‘mythical west” despite the Civil War elements. In fact, this is something I find more often in Spaghetti Westerns–that the Spanish filming locations, Italian actors and semi-European buildings only serve to reinforce the mythical west setting. Of course the soundtrack is incredible too and should be kept ready for background enjoyment while you paint your miniatures, set up your playing table run a scenario/campaign.