By Sumeet Bal
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:59 AM EDT
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Credit: Once Upon A Time in Mexico: Rico Torres

Inspired by Sergio Leone, director (and writer, producer, editor, composer, cameraman) Robert Rodriguez wraps up his ”El Mariachi” trilogy with Once Upon a Time in Mexico, a bloody, chaotic epic about a Mexican patriot who must stop two miscreants from staging a coup d’etat. Antonio Banderas captivates as the smoldering, long-haired mariachi hero (”El” for short), while Johnny Depp’s sardonic, trigger-happy CIA agent is a masterfully witty, quirky creation. Despite a convoluted plot, Rodriguez’s mix of old-fashioned shoot-outs and digital technology makes this a worthy melancholy fairy tale.

EXTRAS With characteristic passion for his craft, Rodriguez pours his heart into the special features, including three minidocs that offer an inside look at the one-man filmmaking studio and an in-depth commentary sure to satiate even the most vigilant movie geek.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 97 minutes
director
  • Robert Rodriguez

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