I'm seriously torn.
I've said that The Searchers is a perfect film which defines the Western genre. But I must clearly be wrong. This film is just as good.
John Ford constructed a Western about a broken man seeking revenge for his family and overcoming a prejudice, albeit "incrementally" as some would say -- I think perhaps not at all.
That's not what this is. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly is a story of swindlers fighting for riches. Ford's picture was, at its heart, an action movie, but Leone has crafted a thriller where every man's a jackass, but some are better than others.
Eastwood is so fantastic in this movie. His newcomer performance rivals that…