Buscemi: He was dark too. I don't mean dark-skinned. No, this was different. It was if he was always walking in a shadow. I mean every step he took toward the light, just when you thought his face was about to be revealed... it wasn't. It was as if the lights dimmed, just for him.
The best of the Mariachi trilogy, and its all kinds of awesome. The movie plays like a mythic legend, elevating the El Mariachi character to a fantasy hero who slays the evil drug dealers in Mexico. This movie is full of quality looking gunfights that never get old.
Antonio Banderas is in full blown awesome mode and looks great while kicking ass. Salma Hayek is...well extremely Hot, her intro literally causes a car crash. And then Steve Buscemi and Quentin Tarantino even step in for a bit.
El Mariachi: Carolina, did I thank you?
El Mariachi: I will.
This time, the story revolves around the Mariachi, wielding the guitar case full of weapons, on a task of taking out the drug cartel's in Mexico in order to make his way to one of the head lords, Bucho, played by Joaquim de Almeida. It helps that Bucho is not just a one-note villain either. He has a sort of edge combined with his sense in handling his business, as he must deal with the stress of his suppliers and the news of the mythic guitar assassin in his midst.
Buscemi: Just try and keep it from turning into a fucking bloodbath, all right? Not like last time.
El Mariachi: That one wasn't my fault.
Buscemi: Well, of course not.
El Mariachi: No, they started it.
This movie also introduced people to Danny Trejo. You know him, he is the big Mexican with a well carved face, dark skin, a grizzled voice, and a large tattoo of a woman on his chest. Cool is an easy word right there.
El Mariachi: I'm looking for a man who calls himself Bucho. That's all. And you had to do it the hard way.
Having an even larger budget this time around, Rodriguez shows once again that he knows how to handle action sequences. The assortment of guns, Banderas' balletic motions, mixed with a great soundtrack by Los Lobos, the action is great to watch throughout.
The story is well handled too, showing both hero and villain as well as giving us a fun relationship between Banderas and Hayek.
A great movie to enjoy again and again.
Priest: Would you like confession?
El Mariachi: Maybe later Father, cause where I'm going I would just have to come straight back.