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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…
Robert Rodriguez isn't Quentin Tarantino's best mate for nothing. They both seem to be chipped from the same piece of film-making gold. Both it seems love a bit of violence, a bit of revenge, and plenty of bloodshed.
Desperado was the follow-up to El Mariachi written and directed by Rodriguez himself. Back came Antonio Banderas and was this time joined by Salma Hayek and cameos from Steve Buscemi and Danny (I'm in every movie where there's even a hint of a Mexican) Trejo for another blood-soaked extravaganza. The plot is pretty pointless really. A revenge flick is almost all you need to know as people get offed left right and center in a hail of gunfire and the odd ceiling-fan.…
I can't remember ever watching a film so knowingly, deliberately ridiculous and yet having almost no fun watching it myself. It got off to a strong start with some great Buscemi action, but fell apart after that into a mess of muddled action sequences.
Here's the thing with Desperado, it's just ment to be fun. What Robert Rodriguez has done here is take a simple plot, add a fun character that we can root for, a sexy sidekick and unfinishable rounds of bullets, mix that with dark humour, a lot of blood and guts and no laws of physics and you've got Desperado. Does that mean that this is bad? No, it doesn't, it makes it really enjoyable, funny and almost like a live-action cartoon. Antonio has two identities in this film, you've got the nice pulled back hair Antonio and the bad-ass long flowing hair Antonio. When we see the first one you know that it's going to be a nice scene, maybe…
Endlessly entertaining, a hilarious cameo from Tarantino, and a great cast make this action comedy very fun.
No es lo que se puede decir respetuosa con la película original. El antiguo reparto queda relegado a pequeños cameos que se despachan en los primeros minutos, de la historia se hacen referencias, pero tampoco es que ambas enlacen demasiado bien. Por otro lado, Antonio Banderas ni se parece ni hacen que se parezca a Carlos Gallardo, y no solo en lo físico, tampoco en la personalidad. De hecho parecen personajes distintos.
Me ha decepcionado también el hecho de que la película haya abandonado el español y esté en el "spanglish" que desde entonces ha caracterizado a las películas de Rodriguez. Por último, la historia tiene menos chicha, y la verdad es que si no heredase algunos elementos de la…
"Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger! Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home, and freedom, oh freedom, well, that's just some people talkin'; your prison is walking through this world all alone!" Oh, how that song moves me, but there's no time for crying, as the hombre with no nombre returns, with a vengeance, in "A Few Pesos More" (Inflation, you know?). Of course, this time, he's got a new, substantially more handsome face, because the predecessor was so successful that with this sequel, Robert Rodriguez can afford Zorro, now with much harsher weaponry (This film came out before "The Mask of Zorro", but I'm still proud of that allusion). I'm just amazed that Robert Rodriguez could…
One of those crazy action movies that's just a blast (no pun intended) to watch over and over. World, meet Antonio Banderas.
Robert Rodriguez was really cool back in the day.
Antonio Banderas was born to play El Mariachi.
Salma Hayek...oh well.
Absolutely incredible first half.
Action films of the 90s remain super entertaining to this day.
Tarantino telling a joke on a hilarious cameo.
Robert Rodriguez's sophomore Directorial effort as well as the second in the "Mexico" trilogy. Doing these movies back to back helped keep the tone of the series. I didn't like the conversion to english. I've also never been a fan of Selma Hayek. I also thought it was odd to replace the mariachi and then have him in the movie? The bigger budget was nice visually and effects wise, but there's just something about El Mariachi's style that was more appealing. Desperado earns the same rating as El Mariachi because of it's improved effects and acting, but if I had to choose, I would give the edge to El Mariachi because of the low budget grittyness.
Steve Buscemi is always amazing. Cheech Martin and Danny Trejo are as pretty awesome here, too, as they sometimes are.
Unfortunately, Antonio Banderas does not make for a great El Mariachi, a role initially played by Carlos Gallardo in the first film of Rodriguez's trilogy.
While he is a bit more badass than Gallardo, Banderas doesn't have the sympathetic factor that makes him hard to really root for. In lieu of being able to care about his dilemma, Desperado is left with more of a surface-level shine.
Which is nice--Rodriguez makes some of the best action movies of the 90s and 00s. But it is still a bit of a let-down. Worth seeing, but any status after that will be left to the viewer.
- The Hidden
- Stone Cold
- Samurai Fiction
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
- Mulholland Drive
- I Heart Huckabees
In pretty accurate order, this is my ever-changing list of films that I love and can watch over and over…