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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.
Also written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" is the conclusion to Rodriguez's Mariachi trilogy. Even though "Desperado" is still may favorite one, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" is still a very solid film!
This one doesn't focus solely on El Mariachi's story of revenge, but actually focuses on other characters, which was both good and bad. On one hand, it made the film more dynamic and the story more interesting and allowed for other actors to have their own screentime, on the other hand, it took a lot away from El Mariachi, making him almost a secondary character. Moreover, the story was too convoluted for its own good, with unnecessary characters and twists,…
"Are you a MexiCan, or a MexiCan't?"
Extra half-star for Danny Trejo's mere existence.
There's a time in every young man's life when Robert Rodriguez movies seem really cool.
cada vez que la veo me parece mas buena jhonny hace un papelon y antonio me encanta
Probably the film that made me do illegal things as a young hispanic kid. Don't watch it if you fit that description.
A confusing and unnecessary sequel to Desperado that sees El Mariachi seek revenge on the cartel who killed his wife and daughter.
The Mariachi trilogy starts with a slow yet stylish (and somewhat funny) beginning and then a bat-shit insane follow-up that's full of fun. An obvious passion project for Rodriguez.
The final film in the trilogy just feels like it was churned out because the previous film was successful. It has none of the flair of either of its predecessors and simply exists to give its quite frankly amazing cast something to do. Any plot just leads to another shoot-out which have become so cartoonish that they're difficult to enjoy.
There's some really poor characterisation on display as well.…
are you a mexi can or a mexi can't?
haven't seen it in a decade, I enjoyed it when I saw it tho
I am going to attempt to do something I haven't since I owned about 40 DVD's; catalogue everything that we…