11 May 2014

Once Upon a Time in Mexico


Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Based on book: No.
  • Cast: Johnny Depp,  Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo, Willem Dafoe
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Antonio Banderas – Frida, Evita, Interview with a Vampire, Philapelphia, House of Spirits, The Mambo Kings,
    • Salma Hayek – Across the Universe, Frida, Wild Wild West
    • Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler, Rumble Fish
    • Danny Trejo – Sherrybaby, Heat
    • Willem Dafoe – Spiderman, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Paris je t’aime, American Dreamz,  Manderlay, The Aviator, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, eXistenZ, Lulu on the Bridge, The English Patient, Wild at Heart, Cry Baby, Born on the Fourth of July, Mississippi Is Burning, The Last Temptation of Christ, Dear America, Streets of Fire, Platoon
  • Why? JD. 26th in JD marathon
  • Seen:  Once before. Now: May 2, 2014
Oh so macho. A guitar that’s a machine gun. “There’s a girl?” “Yeah, there’s a girl. The most drop dead gorgeous you’ve ever seen.” 
Of course there’s a girl. There’s a couple of them. And they’re both pretty macho. And JD is cool and macho. An – as so often, silly. And a psychopath CIA agent.
It’s a political thriller – assassinating presidents, drug cartels, revenge etc – with a melancholy mass murdering guitar playing folk hero. I guess. There’s a lot of shooting. The bad guys always miss. Even I would shoot better than that and I’ve never even seen a gun in real life. The hero (I guess he’s a hero) (not JD) never misses.
I really have no idea what’s going on. It’s quite awful at times. Not to mention gross. Even a bit King Lear-y at one point (and it keeps on, JD doing a Gloucester thing.  That’s an insider detail for all you Shakespeare fans).  But it’s also a bit fascinating. We keep watching it anyway. Even though I don’t know what these people are doing they’re doing it well. I mean the acting is good.
It’s quite funny at times. JD says, “Oh gosh.”  Oh gosh? Is that anything for a macho psychopath to say?  Or, “OK, OK, I’m gonna freak right now.”
And the city scenes are quite beautiful.
It sort of makes sense finally and the good (relatively) guys win. Power to the people.
I end up liking this appalling mess.

3 * of 5

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