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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.…
Remember when Robert Rodriguez made great films? Can't believe this superb action movie is 20 years old. It holds up very well indeed.
Nota = 5
It's interesting that I had forgotten that Rodriguez was still learning his craft at this point. It seemed, by the time the moviesOnce Upon a Time in Mexico or Sin City or even Spy Kids were coming out that he was a seasoned director, and certainly, from the first he had his own strong visual sense and a plan for geographic place and kinetics.
But he has never exactly been John Woo or even Quentin Tarantino when it comes to filming violence and here not a single action shot goes uncut before it can register except as an idea. I'm uncertain if it was his desire to hide something or a lack of confidence, or if it was simply that…
Hadn't seen this for 15 years. Fond memories of the first thirty minutes, including the Buscemi and Tarantino monologues.
Turns out that's the peak of DESPERADO, but it's still pretty good overall. Much of the fun this time was the constant sense of deja vu many of the scenes gave me.
"So I'm sitting there, and in walks the biggest Mexican I have ever seen."
Robert Rodriguez's sequel to his indie darling "El Mariachi", sees the character of El Mariachi coming back for revenge. The film stars Antonio Banderas as the titular Mariachi (replacing Carlos Gallardo). This movie is balls to the wall insane with its dialogue, characters, and action sequences. Kicking things off with one of the best shootouts in film, the movie hooks you in for the next two hours of an adrenaline filled action ride.
Antonio Banderas is fantastic in the role as he brings enough charisma, humor and charm but also a menacing presence all at the same time. Salma Hayek is incredibly beautiful and also a…
What a chore this was to get through. Seriously how could it be so dull? Antonio Banderas, the dialog, the action, the music, my god even the music, dull, dull, dull. It felt like the sort of homage to the genre that Tarantino would do but had none of the supercoolness. It was trying. But no cigarro! No wonder Tarantino went on to do Kill Bill, show them how it's done. Every now and again the parody aspect was amusing, and a few highlights were QT, Salma and shooting at bulletproof cars for fun. And Steve Buscemi is playing a character called Buscemi. Hmm. Ok. Low 4.
Absurdly over-the-top action cinema at its finest. Desperado is a great shoot 'em flick designed to keep you entertained through quality action. While the plot is thin, it is enough to take you from set piece to set piece. Banderas and Hayek have a great onscreen charisma. Buscemi was a perfectly out of place member of this film too. I give this the rating I do because I simply had fun watching it. Is it the best film ever made? No, but it makes for great, fun, action and a solid entry in the revenge genre. I also loved Danny Trejo in his role as a knife throwing bad ass and Marin as well as Tarantino's cameos.
"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…
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In pretty accurate order, this is my ever-changing list of films that I love and can watch over and over…