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Once Upon a Time in Mexico [Blu-ray]
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Leaping back into action, gun-slinging, guitar-toting hero "El Mariachi" is back in town in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, as director Robert Rodriguez delivers the epic final chapter of his pulp Western trilogy. Starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Enrique Iglesias and Willem Dafoe Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a full-frontal assault.
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The mix of action and comedy is right at the start. A source named Belini (Cheech Marin) is telling CIA agent Sands (Johnny Depp) about El (Antonio Banderas) and his standoff with General Marquez (Gerardo Vigil). As the two confront each other, a little bar on wheels scoots out of the way to avoid the shooting that’s inevitably going to break out. El breaks out a guitar instead and begins playing like crazy, but it turns out to have a machine gun and a grenade launcher inside of it. That turned out to be an embellishment, so the story continues with El having regular guns on him, which he uses against the general’s men. Then She (Salma Hayek) arrives. The bar on wheels then scoots back out because the bar tender wants to get a look at how beautiful She is. Then the fighting starts all over again. The story is also integral to the plot. Agent Sands wants to hatch a coup in Mexico because that’s what the Americans do using El, General Marquez and a drug boss named Barillo (Willem Dafoe). Add to that She and the president of Mexico (Pedro Armendariz) and you have the story of how El Mariachi was going to save Mexico from dastardly plots both foreign and domestic. The light-hearted action and gun play would also be mainstays. That’s Once Upon A Time In Mexico in a nutshell.
I enjoyed this film tremendously. Very highly recommended.
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Antonio Banderas steps straight back into the Mariachi role, as if he had never been away. Johnny Depp has fun as the CIA agent, in a role reminiscent of Jack Sparrow, and Willem Dafoe is an odd but effective choice as the crime lord, bringing a real hint of menace to the role. Mickey Rourke as Billy was truly excellent.
Despite a great cast, the film has some serious flaws. In short it is too ambitious, and jut doesn't manage to live up to its ambition. There is a lot going on here, lots of subplots and ancillary characters, told with a mixture of flash back and straight narration. There are still plenty of thrills and spills along the way, as various characters wreak mayhem all around them with a variety of Rodriguez's trademark impossible weapons, and in the main this is an entertaining romp. But it is just a bit of a mish mash at times, and for that 4 stars only.
As a bit of a Depp fan I had been eagerly awaiting this film because I wanted to see his character, Agent Sands. I wasn't disappointed. His character was very funny and I loved his little quirks and different disguises.
The whole plot can be a little confusing as I have already said, but as long as you aren't easily distracted you should be fine. There are great performances all round apart from Enrique Iglesias. WHAT was Rodriguez thinking? I just thank the Lord above that he isn't in it very much!!!
There are some really good action sequences throughout and it isn't too long. If you enjoyed the first films in this trilogy, you will either love this one or hate it. I loved it!!!