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Once Upon a Time in Mexico
The Time Has Come.
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.
A crazy pulpy mess but really fun to watch. More Depp and less Hayek than expected. I probably should watch the rest of the series. Shout out to the Black Men Can't Jump in Hollywood podcast for getting me to watch this.
Film# 17 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt November Challenge!
Task#23. A film where the title begins with "Once Upon A Time In..."
"Are you a Mexican, or a Mexican't?"
Apparently this is the finale to a trilogy, well that's news to me. While I had an alright time, it probably would have helped if I had seen the first two. While that is true it had some "Holy shit that's awesome!" points like when the Mariachi play a guitar that is also a gun. But because I had no idea what was going on most of the time I had a constant feeling of "I wanna get to more cool shit" but the cool shit didn't come enough times. Some badass characters mixed together with a confusing plot.
They don't have the secret third arm thing on Amazon :(
Mit der hochkarätigen Besetzung den schlechtesten Teil der Trilogie zu schaffen. Ein bisschen schade ...
the best/worst thing to happen to guitars/cinema
Robert Rodriguez hat es drauf. Ich mag seine Filme (die ich bisher sah).
Two words: Johnny Depp.
Are you a MexiCAN, or a MexiCANT?
Damn. What happened?
Johnny Depp is TERRIBLE in this. Overall, not the greatest movie. El Mariachi is so much better. Meh.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO REVISITED
This last film in the RR's Mariachi trilogy is a mixed bag to say the least, the tone is all over the place and the film just takes itself too damn seriously but then want to be a silly action film as well and for the most part it does not work. Too many subplots with characters that are boring also make this film kind of stale. Banderas is solid here but loses some of the charm due to the story line and he kind of just broods through the entire film. Hayek is barely in the film and I am not sure why they used her character the way they did, must…
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