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Desperado (1995)

  Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Written by: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Steve Buscemi, Joaquim de Almeida, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin
Links: Desperado on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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Desperado (1995) is also mentioned in pearly's review of El Mariachi (1992), pearly's review of Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), freddy's review of Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and mino's review of Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).

"Larger than life" - a review by pearly

With Desperado, Robert Rodriguez has taken his lead character from El Mariachi (1992) and re-vamped him. Instead of Carlos Gallardo, the mariachi is played by the incredibly tanned, oily, and charismatic Antonio Banderas. And taking over as the new love of his life is the wonderfully posable Salma Hayek. This new mariachi has the same history as the one we met in the first film, his legend has just grown, and along with it, he has become larger than life, more impressive, with all the best lines and extra doses of cool.

We begin with Steve Buscemi, the laid-back friend of the mariachi, who enters a bar and tells the story of a dark man carrying a guitar case who has just wreaked havoc in a nearby town, and is on his way here. The legend of this man is hyped to boiling point, and then, Buscemi leaves the bar, having gathered information to take back to his friend about the whereabouts of Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida), the mariachi's mortal enemy. And with that, we are thrust into the story.

Desperado stays faithful to its predecessor, explaining the backstory using shots from the first film, but reshooting scenes involving the mariachi to include Banderas where Gallardo used to be. This is an effective way of getting back into the story, and remembering what came before. It's easy to accept Banderas as the new mariachi (though I wonder whether Gallardo felt the same way about it, his duties having been relegated to playing one of Banderas' sidekicks for this second film, possibly as Desperado is in English, whereas El Mariachi was in Spanish).

Having supplied the necessary backstory, it's on with the action. And there's action a-plenty. Rodriguez has taken his larger budget for this film, and gleefully pumped it into things like explosions, shooting guitar cases, and so on. Rodriguez's careful consideration of resources is still evident, but only to the keen eye who has seen the 10-minute film school extra on the DVD. This one is far more glitz and glam than the last.

Buscemi is obviously one of my favourites, and I loved his casual nature in this. His part is not huge, but it's a better film for his having been in it. Similarly, Banderas is awesome as the lead character. He glides through the film with a laid-back none-of-this-can-phase-me attitude, making his character really seem like the stuff of legends. Even Hayak is great, though admittedly her role is more about lookin' good than anything else.

Given the additional time, money, chance to use bigger stars, and all the other similar factors that Rodriguez had at his disposal for this film, it ends up being a better film than the first. The script is punchier, with lots of great lines (particularly memorable are the bits at the start involving Buscemi). The actors come across as more "legendary"; they're infallible and this adds an out-of-this-world nature to the film. The colour is bigger and brighter. The music is more cool and fun.

But, at the core, Desperado is still a fairly simple story, almost like a fable, something to be passed down through generations. Which is, I'm assuming, what Rodriguez's aim was with it. It's told with much love and passion, and it's quite a fun ride.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 8 Jul 2004

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Reader comments

  1. THIS MOVIE CAN KICK UR BUT YOU HAVE TO SEE IT< I WAS ONLY 10 YRS OLD WHEN I SEEN THIS MOVIE IT OWNS YOUR MOMA"S BUT AND UR DADDY"S BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I STILL WATCH IT :)

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Robert Green on Sat 04 Dec 2004 20:13 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (1 rating)

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