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pure hokum explosive entertainment!!
on 17 March 2004
These films are not serious oscar award winning melodramas. Subtlety is not an issue here and your brain will not be overtaxed in any way at all. But, quite frankly, Desperado is already such a well known film that if you're looking at this box set you know what to expect anyway.
The box set encompasses all three films in the trilogy - El Mariachi (probably the least well known of the series) shows the beginnings of the legend, when a naive mariachi (wandering musician) wanders into a town populated by drug dealers and becomes embroiled in a case of mistaken identity which ends in a double tragedy. Desperado continues the tale, with the mariachi now a seasoned drug-lord killer out for revenge against the people he holds personally responsible for what happened and Once Upon A Time In Mexico follows on, with the mariachi recruited for one last job against the backdrop of a civil war.
El Mariachi is a superb story on its own. The film was shot on a budget (and be warned that its entirely in Spanish with subtitles) and it shows - the acting isnt the best you'll ever see and the effects are a bit ropey but it showcases Robert Rodriguez's talents admirably. Desperado is probably the best known (and best) film of the set - bigger budgets allowed a better calibre of actor (Antonio Banderas has never been better, and Salma Hayek has never been hotter). Once Upon A Time... is also a decent film although it does suffer a little. This time the budget also stretched to Jonny Depp, Eva Mendes (wow!), Willem Dafoe and Micky Rourke, but the story is a little OTT even for a Robert Rodreguez film and also include a lot of flashbacks which can prove a little disorientating.
The extras are certainly worth it though. Roberts commentary is well thought out and he shows a genuine desire to be as much of a friend to the viewer as he can - as the man himself says "Straight from my home to your home." There is a segment on special effects, one on how to storyboard a film, a behinds the scenes look at filming on a budget, a 10 minute cooking school (try it, you'll love it!) and a look at the editing studio which is located on the Rodriguez ranch in Austin, Texas (and which should prove a handy layout should some enterprising aspiring young film maker ever decide to get some top quality equipment for free...).
My advice would be to stop reading this and order the set if you have any sense at all. Even the box itself is way cool!!