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Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico is the third film of the Mariachi trilogy and it's the most underachieving of the three by a comfortable distance. This is one does not have the cheapness or the cheese of the other two, it's just a way more serious and stereotyped film that seemed a poor and typical hollywood blockbuster with lots of dull action and little soul. While Antonio Banderas looked like the perfect choice in Desperado, in this one I felt he did not fill the emptiness I felt about his character. Having Mickey Rourke and Willem Dafoe as the evil duo seems the perfect choice but, somehow, it did not work. At least we had Johnny Depp, who carried the film with his performance and with his badass character. What a disappointment.
I wouldn't want to presume to speak for anyone else, but when I settle down to watch an action film pretty much the last thing I want to see is Enrique Iglesias. Enrique fucking Iglesias. Furthermore, an Enrique Iglesias who looks as though he has never even so much as seen a gun let alone fired one. Some hero you are.
Robert Rodriguez harped on about how he wanted Once Upon A Time In Mexico to be his equivalent of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly in the trilogy he started with the impressive El Mariachi and then continued with the entertaining Desperado. I think he should actually have watched Sergio Leone's trilogy, and not just the last film…
The third film in Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy, Once Upon A Time In Mexico ties up all the loose ends from El Mariachi's past and brings new foes into his gun-sights. Carrying on the gun-play mayhem from the previous films and introducing Johnny Depp's crooked CIA agent Sheldon Sands into the mix, this ups the ante considerably with a bigger budget and a noticeably more impressive cast.
El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) is hired by the CIA to kill the rogue General Marquez who is being used by a drug cartel to kill the Mexican President. El Mariachi has previous with Marquez, the man who killed his wife and daughter, and it's not too long before he's dodging bullets from all…
So this is how the trilogy ends. Not with a bang, but with a succession of massive bangs. The first sign that Rodriguez might be getting a little carried away is in the credits sequence, where Banderas strolls to the top of a cathedral and we pull away to an obscenely, self-consciously grandiose helicopter shot that must have cost more than his entire debut film, the music swelling in mock-Morricone style. Then our hero watches a blameless pensioner get shot for protecting his identity and you begin to think: 'Perhaps a little more time could have been spent on the story.'
A bit of history, if you'll forgive the indulgence. In 1992, Mexican director Robert Rodriguez burst onto the scene…
The conclusion to one of my favorite film trilogies, the El Mariachi trilogy. Before I go on to the film, I want to mention just why I love the trilogy. Aside from them being very fun and awesome films, I like to think of them as kind of a folk lore type of thing. One story separated into 3 parts that changes as generations go on...
1. The Man (El Mariachi) plays out straightforward enough to the point that it's actually realistid. Like it could actually happen. It isn't as badass as the other two, but that's because it's supposed to be real. El Mariachi isn't a badass mofo, just an average man. This isn't quite as polished as the…
Robert Rodriguez puts the capper on his "El Mariachi" trilogy with Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and God damn if it isn't a whole lot of fun. Much like his buddy Quentin Tarantino's output, Rodriguez's films are a melting pot of references to other films/ genres/ obscurities, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico especially so. You want Johnny Depp with a fake arm, shooting chefs? You want Willem Defoe doing Face/ Off? You want Mickey Rourke carrying around a chihuahua? You want bombastic musical cues, explosions and Enrique Igelsias with a guitar gun? This is the film for you. Not subtle, not clever, but fun, exuberant film-making.
My least favorite of The Mexico Trilogy. But Johnny Depp is awesome in it. The plot is super convoluted and confusing but i'm assuming that's on purpose.
Its an entertaining film from a great director. Not as good as the first two but worth your time.
The third entry in Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico expands on the character and concept introduced in El Mariachi and Desperado. El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) is coerced out of retirement by an American CIA agent (Johnny Depp). The movie features several strong action sequences, but Depp is the real standout here. I like the picture as a kind of lesson - this white man comes down to Mexico and tries to manipulate the country to his liking, but he quickly learns that the country has a mind of its own, and he pays a specific price for that hubris. El Mariachi's half of the movie is more concerned with his tragic past, and while it features some interesting chunks, it is a little more inert than the more immediate present-day stuff.
You guys need to relax and stop rating art movies high for a while and start to enjoy proper entertainment too.
Yes, it is brainless. Does every film really need to be very deep? For me, brainless movies can be good too.
This film is brainless and very funny. The actors were good overall and I propably liked Johnny Depp the most. His skills in comedy are great, not just the lines he dropps but also his non-verbal comic skills are great, and that's hard to do for sure.
I also liked the way of how camera was used, it was a little odd but good. I also liked the rich and colourful hues in the film.
I don't know was it because of my tiredness (movie came so late on night on tv, ended about three o'clock in the morning and I hadn't sleep properly last night) but this movie was pretty psychedelic at times. Interesting movie.
I liked ''El Mariachi'' & ''Desperado'' and I waited a long time to watch the third movie. Not long enough.
Listen, I love Robert Rodriguez and the fact that these movies exist but why is it so hard for him to work with actors that are actually Mexican/xicanx????
I think this is the weakest entry in Rodriguez' trilogy. I've only seen it once or twice though. Instead of 5,000,000 times each of the others.
This movie is crazy fun! Maybe I should give Rodriguez another chance.
Re-watched this recently since my wife hadn't seen it, and am dejected to say it doesn't hold up so well. Johnny Depp isn't as funny as I remember him being, the action isn't as crazy, and though the plot is very Tarantino-esque, with a large assembly of colorful characters talking and plotting and blah blah but it all ends in a bloodbath, the stuff they spend the whole movie talking about and negotiating is both needlessly confusing and pure filler. None of it matters in the least, and Rodriguez has nothing to say about any of it. It's just obligatory padding in-between shoot-outs and sexy slo-mo posing. So it's a hoot to have all these cool-kid stars in the same…
A painfully boring experience. It's just so.. lame.
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…