Can You Say 'Preposterous?" (But Lots Of Fun)
There are so many adjectives one could use describing this film, I
wouldn't know where to begin to start. I'll just try to limit them to a
few. The headline here states one of them. Others could be "ludicrous,"
"fun," "amusing," "stupid," etc. You get the idea.
Robert Rodriguez took the profits from his first film, "El Mariachi,"
and continued on with the story now with more funds, so he made it
glossier, more explosive, added some name actors and, of course, way
overdid it, making it almost a cartoon it is so outrageous. He
continued this with the third film, "Once Upon A Time In Mexico" which
is even more of the same.
If something worked subtly the first time, filmmakers think that to
improve on it is by bombarding the audience with it the next time. They
don't know when enough is enough and, boy, does that apply to
Rodriguez. He does keep you entertained, though, once you check your
brains at the door and begin watching the show. However, all this
excess makes it lose any credibility "El Mariachi" might have built up
with the first show in this trilogy.
Whether the movie is really dumb or its just tongue-in-cheek humor by
Rodriguez, it has super-style and fun to watch. Talk about stylish! No
wonder Quentin Tarantino and he are good friends and the latter has a
guest appearance in the film. They both love having fun with the
The first eight minutes let you know what you are in for:
outrageousness. It's an 8-minute scene at a bar involving a story told
by Steve Buscemi. It's one of the highlights of the movie.
Antonio Bandaras and Selyma Hayek are the "good guys" but they aren't
exactly Billy Graham and Mother Teresa. If they are the good guys, you
can imagine how evil the "bad guys" are? Speaking of them, two of the
toughest- looking hombres in the business are chief among the villains:
Joaquim de Almeida and Danny Trejo.
Some of the action scenes are so outrageous you laugh out loud. My
favorite was a guy shooting rockets out of his guitar case! As that
tells you, it's just a wild ride: 103 minutes of south-of-the-border
Rodriguez-Tarantino lunacy and despite what may sound like a bunch of
insults, I always have fun watching this movie.
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