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Once Upon a Time in Mexico

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Once Upon a Time in MexicoAlmost every Chicano son has at one time or another had to sit and listen to the grand fables of Mexico and its men of legendary proportions. From tales of great romance, to gun fights in bars, to stories that date back to the Revolution’s beginnings… all of this is part of Mexican Culture, and it something which Robert Rodriguez manages to rekindle in this film, which marks an end to his El Mariachi films. Unlike Desperado, which took some inspiration from Chaki Chan action films, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, is a classic Mexican action film, along the lines of The Almada Brothers films of the early 80’s which I grew up watching. Audiences unfamiliar with Rodriguez’s influences, might see this film as a little too comedic compared to the current state of American action films, but just remember the plot really does not matter as much as the action and of course looking real cool while shooting guns!

The story sees Antonio Banderas return as The Mariachi gunslinger, with a fantastic performance from Johnny Depp as CIA agent Sands. But the cast also includes William Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Ruben Blades, and others. Sands is the CIA agent with a bead on all things, and as he tries to fix the game, the players move into position, and the stage is set for a power grab, but of course it all falls apart for Sands and all the characters as good prevails over evil and until the end you’re not sure which characters will prevail.

The film is mostly in Spanish, but since it is an action film don’t expect much dialoque, what great lines there are come from Depp, and he mostly speaks in English.

At the end of the film, I felt Rodriguez really made this film as an honor to all those stories my father tells late at night, and about the revolution which really is Mexico’s people.

That and of course some of the coolest ways to show a guy getting revenge.

4 out 5 stars

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