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October 14, 2015
An action film for action lovers! Has some of the best action scenes ever filmed. Antonio Banderas is great!
June 14, 2015
Fans of Rodriguez will love it for sure, but not everybody can stand it.
May 30, 2015
After the surprise hit that his directorial debut represented, Robert Rodriguez decided to continue the adventures of El Mariachi but now counting with a bigger budget. Is this sequel better than the original?
After the events of "El Mariachi", our protagonist continues to travel looking for vengeance and now his target is a drug lord known as "Bucho".
"El Mariachi" was a solid, entertaining and promising directorial debut that followed the typical western formula so it had potential for improvement but unfortunately "Desperado" couldn't fulfill this task. "Desperado" counts with Rodriguez´s over the top but inventive directing, Banderas works as cliché protagonist, the cinematography is better, the location is beautiful, a campy vibe that manages to be amusing throughout the film´s running time, and over the top violence that gives this film some style. The big issue I have with "Desperado" is that it mostly follows the story and formula of its predecessor: The same plot points, replicates several sequences, the action is shot exactly the same, a score that feels improvised, stereotypical characters, the fast pacing, acting that is nothing great but is incredibly fun to watch, creative and over the top action scenes and the same humor. And while the majority of all those elements are improved due to the bigger budget, it lacks the indie charm that made "El Mariachi" so memorable and it is instead replaced with a over the top action vibe that is so laughable and ridiculous. Another problem this sequel suffers is the fact that the plot is irrelevant as the film is more focused on the action sequences rather than telling a logical, cohesive and well written story.
"Desperado" is a ridiculous film that feels like a remake of "El Mariachi" but it still manages to be incredibly fun, even though it is an inferior film. If you like action films/westerns you will like this film more than I do. A fun and entertaining but mindless film.
May 27, 2015
Robert Rodriguez ups the ante in terms of budget, action, story, and effects with "Desperado," a sequel to "El Mariachi" which replaces original lead actor Carlos Gallardo with Antonio Banderas, though Gallardo does have a minor role here. Banderas is more of a badass than Gallardo's version of the character, but it can be supposed that he has been in the action hero game longer than Gallardo's earlier counterpart (who really just fell into the situation). This is a fun action thriller with top notch stunts and action, and is in many ways better than its rougher predecessor. It helped Banderas get his career going and brought Salma Hayak into the limelight...it would be hard to complain about that. Fun movie, possibly better than the first, definitely recommended.
May 13, 2015
After 20 years this is still a brilliant film.
½ May 8, 2015
An amusingly ridiculous action flick.
½ April 25, 2015
Better than El Mariachi but not by a huge amount. Noteworthy for a few crazy action scenes and not much else.
½ April 23, 2015
Fun action adventure shoot em' up with pizzas.
½ April 19, 2015
I like good Robert Rodriguez films, but Desperado is not one of them. Banderas makes a fine character, but everything else that surrounds him feels so tasteless. The story is dull, the action lacks energy and gets repetitive,and there is hardly any character development. I admire the style and Rodriguez's frenzy editing style, but other than that it is an incredibly forgettable piece by a very talented director. Desperado is a disappointment.
February 26, 2015
Love this movie. This is a Robert Rodriguez classic. Antonio Banderas shows such great star power in this movie and is awesome in the role as the man with the guitar case full of guns. And Salma Hayek is terrific as well as along with Joaquim de Almeida as Bucho, the man Antonio Banderas is out to track and kill for killing the woman he loved and shooting his hand enabling him from doing the one thing he is passionate about besides shooting up bad guys....the guitar. This is how every action film should be made.
February 26, 2015
Love this movie. This is a Robert Rodriguez classic. Antonio Banderas shows such great star power in this movie and is awesome in the role as the man with the guitar case full of guns. And Salma Hayek is terrific as well as along with Joaquim de Almeida as Bucho, the man Antonio Banderas is out to track and kill for killing the woman he loved and shooting his hand enabling him from doing the one thing he is passionate about besides shooting up bad guys....the guitar. This is how every action film should be made.
February 3, 2015
pretty good mexican western type movie
January 18, 2015
Nothing more than a over-the-top action movie. But that's all it's trying to be.
January 16, 2015
The very best of stylized of violence. Inspired by John Woo, but more enjoyable and accessible than his films. A 90s action must watch.
January 6, 2015
Perfection comes in all different forms. This is one of them.
December 28, 2014
Robert Rodriguez has got a special place in my heart. Films like Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn entertained the hell out of me in my teenage years. There is something so awesomely bloodthirsty and over-the-top about this style of filmmaking that the gruesomeness takes on a level of hilarity that's well-complimented with stylish camera work and inspired drama. The music, as usual with A Band Apart productions, is great as is Antonio Banderas' performance as the vengeful El Mariachi. Good times.
December 13, 2014
this movie is pretty badass. Kickass action movie.
½ November 22, 2014
I love this movie. It makes me feel so Mexican.
November 4, 2014
Desperado Is A Fun Action-Packed Ride.The Movie Was Really Fun.Robert Rodriguez Delivers A Fun Movie.Desperado Is One Of My Favorite Action Movies.B+
October 27, 2014
It definitely improves and expands on the universe that director Robert Rodriguez created out of his no-budget sleeper hit "El Mariachi", which makes it about as good -- if not better than -- as the original.
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