Once Upon a Time in Mexico tells the story of a well-hunted mariachi whose
guitar case represents his manhood. He packs a guitar or ammo,
depending on the needs.
The story, told in flashbacks, contains
some of the movie's best elements, especially an inventive down-the-building
The plot is a little confusing, but just
stick with this slam-bang comic book over-the-top movie that
knows how to mix humor and action together.
Not unlike the spaghetti westerns of the
60s, the final act of the mariachi trilogy is a slick, stylish,
modern horse opera, complete with shootouts, showdowns, and double
Antonio Banderas returns as the mysterious
"El Mariachi," with Johnny Depp as a CIA killer with
a questionable past.
This violent shoot-'em-up proves there
is no good or bad, just ugly.
Young director Robert Rodriguez, who works
apart from the Hollywood circle, does his labors out of a fancy
home studio in Austin, Texas, where he puts together his movies
from scratch, using a light high-definition video camera.
He truly does everything connected to the
Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a comic farce that's full of running gags that
mix adrenaline-pumping action scenes with over-the-top, stylized
The film is a dizzy roller-coaster ride
for adults, and doesn't take itself too seriously.