Sunday, June 05, 2005

Desperado (1995)

Pray that you aren't forced to see this either...

Genre: Action Crime Drama Thriller

Starring: Antonio Banderas (Matador; Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), Salma Hayek (Frida; Wild Wild West)

Directed By: Robert Rodriguez (Sin City; Once Upon A Time In Mexico)

Overview: In this loosely based sequel to El Mariachi, we continue following 'El' as he seeks vengeance upon the small town warlord who shot a hole through his guitar playing hand.

Acting: The acting in this is wildly erratic. Antonio Banderas (God bless his Spanish films) does fine in his melodramatic portrayal of the underdog. Salma Hayek does a good 'accomplice / love interest'. Even the supporting cast can spin a good yarn and make the plot move along, but overall something was missing, especially the big bad guy Bucho's role, just a little too transparent.
Rating: 6

Cinematography: The images are all action cinema. The stunts are impressive and some of the slow-mo panoramics are rather impressive, not to mention the stunts of course. I was quite pleased with this. Very decent.
Rating: 7

Script: The script was definitely fun to listen to, from Quentin Tarantino's joke and Buscemi's yarn spinning in the bar at the beginning to Bucho's worried accusations of incompetence to his men as we near the climax. Real fun.
Rating: 7

Plot: The plot is not the strongest. 'I'm out to get the big guy at the end and find a nice piece of love interest along the way.' The development is predictable and I won't ruin the end, but I think we all know how it ends (given that this is a trilogy...)
Rating: 6

Mood: The mood is one that doesn't take itself seriously. Essentially this is an adventure in stunts and guns and it delivers really well. Shotgun blasts and dodging bullets abound, though I was a little disappointed with the three musicians versus the army of thugs. A mean a couple of dudes with guitar cases that are actually automatic weapons and rocket launchers? Come on!
Rating: 6

A couple angry viewers leaving the Rodriguez studio...

Overall Rating: 64% (El Forgettable)

Aftertaste: The movie was lent to me by someone who's starting to loose her footing on my 'good taste' scale, though she did warn me that this was not a great film. Overall I guess the final word is:
"Seen it."