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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.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico represents a dramatic drop off in quality from the first two entries on the El Mariachi trilogy, a film that is hindered by a needlessly overcomplicated plot, a overly polished studio feel, and where El Mariachi himself almost becomes a supporting player in his own film to Johnny Depp's Sands. There's simply too many characters/villains and not enough focus on the Mexican anti-hero, who gets some nice character beats and has a satisfying ending overall a righteous Mexican avenger. The action scenes aren't as fresh as they were in Desperado and a lot of the plot is surprisingly half baked, despite being the most ambitious of the three films.
this is... a mess. johnny depp is delightful, though
The last film of the Mariachi Trilogy by Rodriguez. A masterpiece and a compendium of his cinematography.
Who the fuck is Machete? This is the real Robert Rodriguez.
Not quite on a par with Desperado (the novelty has worn off now) but bringing Depp into the mix is a great move - his character makes little sense, but very enjoyably so. The action and explosions get turned up to 11 and there's an obvious love, by Rodrigues, of the Mexican stand-off that comes across well.
Robert Rodriguez ends his Mexico trilogy on the note I expected; one that throws so much at the screen, but ultimately accomplishes little to nothing. So many characters are thrown at the audience here and are given very little to make them more than fodder for elaborate action scenes. That can work if the focus is more aimed at a single person to follow, such as Rodriguez managed to do with Desperado. Yet here, most of the characters attempt to have some kind of arc that gives a very talented cast zilch to do. The only engaging presences are Antonio Banderas returning to his role as the Marachi and Johnny Depp as a gunman that physically loses a sense yet…
Enrique Iglesias, ¿en serio?
Mir geriet der Abschluss der El Mariachi-Trilogie stellenweise zu abgedreht, auch wenn das von Rodriguez natürlich bewusst so in Szene gesetzt wurde. Dafür weiß der Cast um Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe und Johnny Depp zu unterhalten und gerade die Szenen von Depp sind ein wahres Fest. Wenn ihr mich jetzt entschuldigt, ich erschieße den Koch. Ich muss sowieso durch die Küche raus.
Until Preacher eventually gets made into a film I was happy to make do with this great comic book of a movie.
Nota = 5
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