it was inevitable
When the smoke clears, it just means he's reloading.
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.
I had a paper route when I was 12 and this was the first movie I bought on VHS with my money. 12 year old Grooveman was a bad motherfucker.
Way before Rodriguez only made silly cartoons, he made slightly less silly cartoons that were fun because of fun not because of an obsession with his own style.
Two things though:
- Tarantino telling that joke.
- Salma Hayek crossing the street.
Two very legitimate reasons to rewatch this when you get the chance.
El Mariachi, marked by fate and destiny, carries a guitar case full of guns, sinking into the dark world of crime. Following the bloody trail that leads him down to the infamous Bucho, responsible for the death of his wife and for the shot at his hand that prevents him from playing guitar, he unfolds a tremendous clash of gunpowder, blood and nonstop action. Desperado is the second film from the Mariachi trilogy, Mexico trilogy or whatever you want to call it, and, to be frank, most of the time I felt I was watching a more expensive remake of the first film, and, even though there were no big differences in the storyline or in the style of the…
Film #56 of Project 90
”It's easier to pull the trigger than play guitar.”
Desperado is a typical B-Movie, it puts a a kick-ass mysterious hero in the middle of a revenge story, the action is fine, there is blood everywhere, Salma Hayek handles the “feminine” side of the story (and she brings lots of “exciting” moments with herself) and finally we have a pretty bad-ass villain who is massacring everyone. Babe. Blood. Bullet. What else do you need? Sadly That’s all you can say about Robert Rodriguez’s film. It is a pop corn movie that tries to entertain you, nothing more, nothing less. It doesn't take itself seriously (and we don’t make that mistake either) so criticizing the film…
This was my first Rodriguez and I remember really liking his energy. Exploring his filmography over the years has always been fun, but with the exception of perhaps one or two films, revisiting them hasn't.
Desperado's first half hour or so is absolutely fantastic. It shows Rodriguez's sense of style and his ability to shoot action really well. He sets the scene perfectly, giving his audience no doubt as to what we're going to watch. A Mexican western, with loads of over the top violence, sweat and blood.
The problem is, however, that Rodriguez doesn't keep his promises. For the better part of Desperado, Rodriguez seems to be stuck on repeat, a trait often present in his films. It almost…
Many will call this a silly action film and I can't say that they're wrong. I still love it despite its age and somewhat outdated effects. This always seemed like a hybrid of action and western films which made it more entertaining. When I first saw this in the 90s I loved its style and effects. It wasn't slow crawling like an Eastwood flick or overblown like Die Hard. For me it was something very different so I was immediately infatuated by this film and Salma Hayek's good looks. You didn't think I liked it for the plot did you?
Antonio Banderas was made for this role even if the addition of Steve Buscemi was more than a little odd.…
Fanbloodytastic. Rodriguez sequel-isn story about El Mariachi continues with more fun, more violence, more gags and much more ass-kicking. Great stuff that punches fast and furious and leaves you laughing.
Steve Buscemi, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Quentin Tarantino, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek... damn it's a list of cool that will make you drool. Paced like a rattlesnake bite, more sting than a bull whip crack, kicks your ass so hard your mouth tastes boot.
Nowhere near as rich or fascinating as the films to which Desperado superficially pays homage.
But as far as exercises in cinematic cool go, you can do much worse.
"Give me the strength to be what I was, and forgive me for what I am."
A direct sequel to El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez's Desperado ramps things up with better acting and a bigger budget. It's a follow-up in the way that Evil Dead II is - in the sense that it hits many of the same beats as the original in very similar ways. Antonio Banderas is a more charismatic presence than Carlos Gallardo was, but the weirdly impotent climax is much less effective on this grander scale than it was in El Mariachi.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Desperado holds a strange place in Robert Rodriguez' "Mexico Trilogy;" although the direct follow-up to El Mariachi, it seems to exist in an alternate reality. The main character isn't really the same man, the continuity has shifted. It's made to be accessible to a wider (and English-speaking) audience, so you don't need to know it is a sequel. Hell, I didn't when I first saw it as a kid. Damned if I didn't love it though.
So, here's the thing — Desperado brings the ass-kicking action, the brooding Banderas, the sizzling Salma, the, um, apathetic bartending of Cheech Marin. It's violent and playful and doesn't even take itself seriously before the guy with the rocket-launching guitar case shows up. But...
These days El Mariachi just does more for me. Carlos Gallardo's version of the character actually had an arc. I have way more fun watching him try to stay alive than I do watching Banderas bathe the streets in blood.
Well-choreographed action is what I like.
(Plus there's a rocket-launching guitar case.)
Ok, so I started to watch this movie series in the end. First I saw the last one, now this - the second one. I propably will loss a lot of things but actually I really can watch these as separate movies too. This isn't as funny as the last one is, this has more drama and depth. Though you can't really call this a movie that has depth - lots of brainless action (killing) and shallowy characters. But it is very entertaining and for that reason I can forgive it's shallowness. I liked those funny little details, for example a sign that said something like "allowed to members and non-members) and when a guy was killed he got a…
I love Robert Rodriguez and I love this trilogy
Remember when Danny Trejo had short hair?
This was a movie I watched and wouldn't stop talking about until all of my friends had seen it and it still holds up. When I found out it was a sequel to El Mariachi it took forever to find it and when I did the tape didn't have subtitles and to be honest it didn't need them. It still holds up to.
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