#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, “El Mariachi,” director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of “El Mariachi,” where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown.
Plot: El Mariachi, a musician, arrives in a Mexican town and is mistaken as a hit-man. He runs into trouble with a local drug lord and seeks to avenge the death of his lover.
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Before there was John Wick, there was… El Mariachi
I’d like to state up front that this is one of my favorite movies of all time. If you love Quentin Tarantino, westerns, or movies where a lone character absolutely decimates an entire population of villains (à la Atomic Blonde, The Equalizer, or John Wick), you will love Desperado. Written and Directed by Robert Rodriguez (recently known for directing Alita: Battle Angel), this is definitely his best movie. It’s an original story, written produced and directed by RR himself. Interestingly enough Desperado is the second in Rodriguez’s El Mariachi trilogy, which all more or less have the same premise: musician’s love interest is killed at the hands of a gangster, and “the mariachi” goes on a quest for revenge. No one saw the first movie of the trilogy because no one memorable was in it, and the third entry Once Upon A Time In Mexico was too ambitious for it’s own good, with a massive cast of characters that frankly diluted the fun out of the whole movie. Aside from a few memorable lines from Johnny Depp, it’s mostly forgettable.
BUT NOT DESPERADO! It’s the perfect blend of cinematography, music, and great script, made even better by the smooth yet seething Antonio Banderas as El Mariachi (EM), and the sexy-as-all-heck Salma Hayek as Carolina the librarian love interest. The opening 8 minutes sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Steve Buscemi walks into a seedy bar and proceeds to emphatically and with great showmanship tell the story of the “biggest Mexican I’ve ever &*$#%! seen” who massacred a bar full of low-lifes a few towns away. His story is aided by frequent cuts to said bar where the titular character performs physically impossible feats of execution. Half the fun of the movie is watching the characters learn about the terror of El Mariachi and watching their reactions when he finally arrives. And when he does, the heavy guitar music ramps up, and the set pieces provide an extremely fun backdrop for some great shoot outs.
Yet despite everyone painting EM as an immortal demon and an omen of death, the audience knows he is just a man, and seeing him get battered and bruised keeps the tension high through the entire hundred and seven minute running time. The concept of plot armor doesn’t seem to exist, at least based on how much he gets injured, and this serves to keep the stakes high. In addition, the witty and frankly sizzling banter between EM and Carolina will make you laugh, and probably wish you knew how to play an acoustic guitar. Their relationship serves to give EM’s character more depth than the average movie assassin, and is why he is one of Robert Rodriguez’s better written movie characters.
At the core of the film is a sad tale of how a man with a love of life and a talent for music fell onto a path of darkness and death. Themes of family, love, and self-forgiveness are used to give the story some emotional weight, but only enough to drive the story and not enough to depress the viewer. It’s a little harder to empathize with John Wick because he was originally an assassin, but EM was a simple guitarrista who had so much potential, but became consumed by a desire for revenge. This becomes even more poignant in the final act after he learns a shocking (some might argue obvious) secret, and is forced to make a hard decision.
The music is really one of the highlights of the movie. As the film takes place in a rural Mexico town, the genre of music employed is appropriately Ranchera, which originated in the rural ranches of the country. Think Carlos Santana meets traditional mariachi music. The fast paced shoot outs are riddled with as much music as they are bullets, and the fact that the music is actually tied into the plot makes it even better.
The cinematography also matches the gritty tone of the film nicely. Half the movie is an experiment to see how many epic brooding shots Robert Rodriguez can squeeze out of Antonio Banderas. It’s a visual feast that makes me wish I could be half as cool.
The movie’s other characters have much less screen time, which for some is fine and for others is a shame. Cheech Marin and even Quentin Tarantino himself make fun cameos, but the movie’s villain is pretty standard fare. We don’t see him commit any terrible atrocities, which makes him seem much less intimidating. Honestly it doesn’t matter too much, as he is mostly a vehicle for the plot and for EM to participate in the bloodiest bar crawl in the history of cinema. As far as I know. At least in Mexico.
What I do know is that Desperado is a fun ride from start to finish. At minimum, you’ll pick up some smooth pick up lines. At most, you’ll have a new favorite movie to watch again again. I’m at 20 viewings and counting.
The best all-round film of the three…
After watching El Mariachi, it was easy to see the improvement in production values between the two. Not surprising, considering the difference in the price tag of the two films. But, as I pointed out in my El Mariachi review, money isn’t everything.
Although better visually, Desperado benefits from better actors who bring more life to the characters. The overall effect, given another reasonable plot, is to make a much more polished looking film that deservedly did as well as it did at the box office.
The aforementioned plot is, essentially, the same as the first film when you boil it down – the Mariachi ends up killing a lot of no-good drug-dealers and warlords etc. – and there’s the obligatory love interest. But although very similar, this movie was more enjoyable due to it’s overall finish and style.
I originally watched this movie some years ago, long before I got to see the original El Mariachi, so I suppose I am a little biased in preferring this one to the the first in that Banderas IS the Mariachi as far as I was concerned. But not to knock the first movie, which tells us the early history of the Mariachi, and is a worthy film in its own right.
Desperado is good, if sometimes a little gory, fun. Nothing to analyse too much, just enjoy. If you have the opportunity, watch the original, then this one and things will make a lot more sense. Desperado has enough back history woven into it to make it a standalone film, but the overall experience is better watching the two back to back.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Thriller
Director Robert Rodriguez
Writer Robert Rodriguez
Actors Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin
Country USA, Mexico
Awards 1 win & 5 nominations.
Production Company Columbia Pictures Corporation
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo (as Dolby Stereo SR), SDDS (8 channels)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 2,857 m (Sweden), 2,932 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm