Critic Consensus: Desperado contains almost too much action and too little story to sustain interest, but Antonio Banderas proves a charismatic lead in Robert Rodriguez's inventive extravaganza.
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Critic Reviews for Desperado
Rodriguez's second feature may be a rambling, derivative exercise in gratuitous violence, but its determination to proceed as if the word 'restraint' never existed makes for gleeful entertainment.
Mr. Rodriguez may be good enough to make a film about anything, but Desperado would collapse if its characters had to do anything but play with guns.
What Rodriguez has essentially done in Desperado is make a slicker, more expensive copy of what came before. And what looked promising for $7,000 looks tiresome for a whole lot more.
The routine gets tiresome for the Mariachi, and for the audience, too, after about an hour.
Audience Reviews for Desperado
A shoot-em-up (and there's a lot of shooting) with attitude (likewise). Now some might confuse attitude with style, but shooting a gun while pumping your fists like one was throwing punches (unnecessary, duh) is not style. And Antonio Banderas practically does Zoolander's "I'm sooo hot" pout through the whole movie embarrassingly. Luckily Salma Hayek's youth and extravagant DNA save the efforts from total unwatchable-ness. Well that and watching Quentin Tarantino get his head blown clean off.
This is a very wild, cool, and stylish film, even if it ends up being style over substance and story (with a messy and scattershot narrative to boot). In a way, this is more of a remake than a loose sequel or spin off. The original mariachi from El Mariachi does make an appearance, but this film is essentially the same story as the first, but with a different guy who knows the first guy. Make sense? Well, if not, don't worry. It's of no real consequence anyway. The action and stunts are inventive, done well, and a joy to watch. Buscemi and Tarantino ham it up in some fun supporting roles, and both Banderas and Hayek (especially Hayek, *wink* *wink*) are great to watch. I have a big attachment to this movie as I saw it at a young age and it introduced me to Rodriguez's work. It also kinda made me wanna make action movies, too. Like I said, it's got some flaws, but for solid action spectacle entertainment, this is a good film to turn to.
|El Mariachi:||But I told you already. I'm a musician. This is my guitar.|
|El Mariachi:||Carolina, did I thank you?|
|El Mariachi:||I will.|
|Buscemi:||So, I'm sitting there, and in walks the biggest Mexican I have ever seen.|
|Pick-up Guy:||Is that goin' on right now?|