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When the smoke clears, it just means he's reloading.
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.
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…
Gratuitous revenge taking, ass-kicking, bullet spraying, knife flicking, rocket launching guitars, outbursts of pyromania!
Pick this film and you are in serious danger of having a good time! It's Licensed to Thrill! And Thrill Again!
The body count is high, so are the testosterone levels!
Antonio Banderas hot and sultry level is at a defcon 1 status!
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.…
"The client is always wrong"
Imho Rodriguez best. Too bad that Once upon a time in Mexico could not keep the high quality...
When El Mariachi made his trip to the next town, things don't quite hold up.
What this film gets for its substantially larger budget is better music, bigger action, and real actors; however, it loses the charm the first had throughout. It starts off strong with a musical number, but stops singing from the soul. Whereas the first's shoestring budget made the comedy hold everything together, the action is center stage here, and while it is good stuff, it feels like something is missing. Its not sex appeal, as Salma Hayek dazzles, but rather heart.
Despite Antonio's charms, it's hard to care for a character who is so far removed from his previous incarnation. Add to that a formulaic plot…
Ridiculous over-the-top Hollywood-esque action, based on the low-budget 1992 film El Mariachi. Carlos Gallardo played his role fairly well but Antonio Banderas is a lot more appealing to see on screen. It's hard to tell if this is strictly an improvement over its predecessor, although it certainly had a much larger budget.
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This isn't nearly as interesting as EL MARIACHI but obviously now there is money to do stylistic action, explosions, and hire Cheech. Funny that RR never learned to not run out of gas before the third act.
The humor of this film is much more successfully integrated than its predecessor's jarring cartoonish asides. Having professional actors makes a helluva difference too, especially considering the characters in this feel even thinner than before. But the film is more of a cohesive whole, and certainly more entertaining. Thirteen year old me would have loved this.
Up there with Big Trouble in Little Chine as one of the best "B" movies I have ever seen. Campy in all the right ways. The actions is incredible, well-directed and creative at the same time. This movie is everything that Machete wants to be but can't (takes the grind house tone and uses it as a springboard for good cinema instead of as a gimmicky crutch).
Everything with the little kid is deep and has a solid build up to deserve the payoff.
Only complaint comes from the twist at the end. It feels a little too much like Rodriguez forced it in in order to stay with the grind house archetype... The movie just gets more insane as it goes along in both its action and its plot. For the action, that it great. For the plot, it works to dismantle the work put in throughout the rest of the work.
Shot on a budget nearly 1000x that of EL MARIACHI, DESPERADO is the film that proved that Robert Rodriguez was a talent worth paying attention to. His set-ups, camera angles, lighting effects, editing rhythms, and staging of action set pieces (utilizing lots of trampoline and wire work) are among the most fun and inventive I've seen in a long time. This is the kind of filmmaking that Hollywood (and even Rodriguez himself) hasn't made in a long time. It's fun without being too over-the-top. Humorous without being too eye-winking. Violent without being too graphic.
While I'm in love with the direction, I wasn't as taken with the script. Whereas EL MARIACHI did a lot with a little, DESPERADO's story often…
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