First just say, in Brasil, the movie got a lame translation: Três Homens em Conflito
, (something like "Three Men in Trouble").
In my opinion, the title is supposed to be controversial and sarcastic. Blondie is labeled as "the good". Why? He is certainly good at aiming targets, at shooting, but he is a cynical, sometimes a sadistic man who enjoys playing with others lifes.
I think all those three characteres are bad on different levels. I can't see Blondie inflicting pain or "hosting" a torture the way Angel Eyes did to Tuco but he is sadistic by leaving Tuco cross the desert alone after he didn't "interest" him anymore. And later, while Tuco was busy digging, he set up his "friend" distressed upcoming moments.
It's not a joke, it's a rope,Tuco.
The calmness in his voice disturbs me.
Then, he leaves him there, on the frail wooden cross that could break any time...or Tuco could have lost the balance of his body and been hung.
Tsc tsc. Such ingratitude after all the times I saved your life...
(And the caption "the good" shows up) Clearly a joke. It makes you think "wow, imagine if you were bad"
Also, good and bad are personality characteristics. We tend to associate "ugly" with physicality, right?
But Tuco's ugliness is in his actions or in his physicality? Because if it is in his actions, Angel Eyes is ugly too. And so is Blondie. I not even find Tuco ugly, physically.
This is something to discuss.
Roberto Gómez Bolaños, a Mexican comedian actor and creator of the fictional characters El Chavo del Ocho and El Chapulín Colorado is the main character of those two shows. Those are silly, amateurish comedy series with cheap scenarios but I confess I enjoyed when a kid/teenager and still nowadays, the show gives me laughs.
Chapolin facing a dangerous outlaw. Old west scenarios were frequent in some episodes.
There is a funny episode where Chapolin (a stupid "hero" with no muscles or brain) change, by mistake, the medical records files of two patients...one of them badly injured and doomed to die and other one, in healing process. Realizing Chapolin is making a terrible mistake, the "good" patient insists:
"Chapolin, you just don't understand... I'm the good, he is the bad!"
As Chapolin replies quickly:
"And I'm the ugly, eh?"
The scene never fails me making laugh and it's just an example of how famous the title is around the world.
Looking forward for others comments