Once Upon a Time In Mexico is more like Once Upon a Bad Night on the Toilet After Mexican Food… I am a big fan of Robert Rodriguez films, but he really dropped the ball on this one. I gave him the benefit of the doubt when he made the Spy Kids movies, figuring he needed the cash to set himself up after struggling to make it as a director. Okay, he has his money – he can go back to making decent films any time now.
Johnny Depp was added to an already great lineup of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Cheech Marin in what is supposed to be either a sequel or prequel to Desperado, (It was hard to tell which) but even that didn’t help. Rodriguez who made his mark as an indie filmmaker has gone Hollywood as he has abandoned everything that made his films great in favor of copying every Tinseltown formula out there. As you know – cable stunts are all the rage since Crouching Tiger.. and Robby puts in his share of cable stunts which do not even look that great, and do NOTHING to assist in the storytelling. Rodriguez has joined the hacks of the world that show up to collect the big payday… and I don’t have a problem with that – he has the right to sell out – but be warned, his sell-out film is crapola! I only hope that Tarantino’s new film staring Uma Thurman, Kill Bill isn’t Hollywood garbage too – we need one good indie filmmaker out there.
Overall this ones “poop on a stick” at best… doesn’t even warrant including a picture.
RATING 4 out of 10