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13 September 2003 @ 04:40 pm
Saw Once Upon A Time in Mexico  
I thought it had problems.

The biggest problem I had with it was that it wasn't driven by El Mariachi. This is supposed to be the central Character (note the capital C) in the trilogy - and in this one he's reduced to a two-dimensional charicature of his previous incarnations. It's like he's Batman (the invincible superhero) without the existence of Bruce Wayne (the vulnerable character that drives the superhero).In fact, I'd go so far as to say he was nothing more than the Muscle in this movie. And he deserves more.

The central character in this one was Johnny Depp's -- in fact, that's the only character that is allowed to really have any kind of an arc in the film, but the arc is such that you end up not liking him, which makes him a bad protagonist.

The movie was riddled with far more gore than was necessary. Two moments in particular seemed to have been put in there specifically to make you squirm. I don't like that.

The stunts were good, but not as good as they ought to be. Desperado's action sequences were over the top and innovative at the same time - OUaTiM's action sequences copied Desperado's in places that made no sense and didn't always work. The sections that should have been incredible left me waiting for the next scene to start.

Jen points out that Rodriguez's movies are usually driven from point A to point B by characters, but this one was primarily driven by actions and activities. That makes it much harder to care about what happens to the characters or in the story.

Also, there were lots and lots of story elements to keep track of, that came together just before the big fight sequence at the end, but they didn't come together very well. It's like you've got two puzzles with the same picture and you get the whole image put together, but it just doesn't fit quite right.

Anyway, I won't say it's a waste of money to go see it, but I will say I was disappointed by it, and don't plan to see it again in the theatres. Maybe I'll rent it when it comes out to see the DVD extras - but more likely I'll just rewatch Desperado and be happier for it.
Current Music: The Ritz - I'm A Train
The Savage Young Batideaspace on September 14th, 2003 02:26 am (UTC)
But the soundtrack is muy caliente, no?
Master Thomastommyomega on September 14th, 2003 10:18 pm (UTC)
I did like the fact that Sands (Depp's character), despite how much you hate him, how much he was a disturbed individual, gave both El (Antonio Banderas) & Jorge (Ruben Blades) what they wanted -- vengeance. He ended up dead without his eyes (and some vengeance).