More money and bigger names do not necessarily equate to a better product. This is a loose continuation of the 1992 Robert Rodriguez's low-budget success, El Mariachi. Like El Mariachi, Desperado combines violent gangster movies with classic western movies. The result is a fun, stylish and unique hybrid typology that makes for a good time. Things get off to an extremely promising start with Steve Buscemi foreshadowing the bloody fate of a bar full of thugs and a mysterious gunman heading their way. Buscemi has excellent storytelling and narrating skills. This is the best part of the movie, and it is unfortunate that he does not narrate the entire movie. Rodriguez shows good craft in his cinematography and visuals. The numerous gunfights are full of adenine, but they are not as inspired. For example, one reoccurring flaw is where the hero blatantly stands in the line fire, as if he is bulletproof. As expected, the henchmen miss while the hero's shots kill. I do not ask for realism, but keeping things like this in check is not too much to ask. Despite a colorful and inspired performance from Steve Buscemi the other main characters lack the warmth and personality of the first movie. This is due more to the writing than acting of Antonio Banderas or Salma Hayek. Instead of wonderful southwestern Mariachi music, Rock n Roll now dominates the soundtrack. It may seem like a small thing, but it is so out of place that is a major distraction. It is still a good time, and it has style, but the writing is just not tight enough.