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Once Upon a Time in Mexico [Sep. 28th, 2003|10:48 pm]
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Yesterday, Joe and I went to see Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Because it stars Johnny Depp, and it's got some witty, well-written, clever dialogue, the comparisons to Pirates of the Carribean are going to be made. But not by me. Robert Rodriguez is a clever, snarky bastard, and this film is all his...it was born, fully grown like Athena, from his brain.

It's over the top. It really is. It's a blood-soaked, bullet-riddled rollercoaster ride, this movie. And it's got some absolutely genius moments.

Johnny Depp...of course. Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek...perfect as the tragic, perfect love. There's alcohol jokes, there's eyeless eyesockets jokes...there's even a "Can you hear me now? Good" riff.

And the chihuahua. Moco. I hear that he is actually Mickey Rourke's dog...which, you know? Is kinda sweet. And Rodriguez thanks Quentin Tarantino in the credits...which makes a lot of sense.

I think the most interesting part of this movie, though, was that it was the first movie I've seen in digital. And...I could tell the difference. It's pixelated. It's meant to be sharper...but I'm not so sure. I'll need to see more before I decide if I like it or not.
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[User Picture]From: naughtykitty
2003-09-29 04:42 am (UTC)
Have you seen Desperado or El Mariachi? Matt and I re-watched Desperado this weekend and were amused at Rodriguez's recycling of a lot of the characters. Desperado has a lot of action, but Once Upon A Time in Mexico was just way over the top in comparison.

His are the only movies that I can stand to watch Antonio in.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-09-29 06:12 am (UTC)
I haven't done...I know, I should.

"They call him 'El,' like 'The.'"
"I know what 'El' means."

Hehehe
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From: enmascarado
2003-09-29 05:58 am (UTC)
There are numerous problems with the movie. Too much in the way of plot and characters that don't belong there. Things tie together in weird ways that don't work and the climax seems anti-climatic. Depp's character would be a total and complete failure with any other actor (short of early Brad Pitt).

But the humour and action I expect from Rodriguez was there in droves and so I loved it. It shows that you can make an interesting, exciting and good action movie without spending millions on budget and using the same camera trick dozens of times.

-Dan
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-09-29 06:11 am (UTC)
I agree...it wasn't exactly a "good" movie (obviously, or I wouldn't talk about the digital)...but it was funny and I liked it anyway.

I also found it intriguing that Salma Hayek gets star billing...but we don't ever really see her...we see her in shadow, or we see bits of her...it's like we're seeing her through El's memory, and it's more impressionistic that actual.

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From: enmascarado
2003-09-29 07:45 am (UTC)
It's especially curious to me, since the plan after Desperado was for the next movie to be "La Mariachi", Salma Hayek and no/less Banderas.

I half wonder if the footage used is from shooting for that movie spliced in and body doubles used for the rest.

Rodriguez makes very good artsy fluff, like early John Woo. That's what this was.

-Dan
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2003-09-29 07:54 am (UTC)
You're right. It was.

I know Salma Hayek was on the set for at least bits of this; they had to accomodate her shooting schedule on Frida, I read on IMDb...but yeah, it did feel like that. It was like on those sitcoms, where one of the actors is in jail or on maternity leave or something and they have like one phone scene an episode...
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[User Picture]From: heinousbitca
2003-09-29 09:30 am (UTC)
"artsy fluff."

EXACTLY.

though the part where Depp ended a sentence with "Savvy?" made me most amused.
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