fter watching El Mariachi, it was easy to see the improvement in production values between the two. Not surprising, considering the difference in the price tag of the two films. But, as I pointed out in my El Mariachi review, money isn't everything.
Although better visually, Desperado benefits better actors who bring more life to the characters. The overall effect, given another reasonable plot, is to make a much more polished looking film that deservedly did as well as it did at the box office.
The aforementioned plot is, essentially, the same as the first film when you boil it down - the Mariachi ends up killing a lot of no-good drug-dealers and warlords etc. - and there's the obligatory love interest. But although very similar, this movie was more enjoyable due to it's overall finish and style.
I originally watched this movie some years ago, long before I got to see the original El Mariachi, so I suppose I am a little biased in preferring this one to the the first in that Banderas IS the Mariachi as far as I was concerned. But not to knock the first movie, which tells us the early history of the Mariachi, and is a worthy film in its own right.
Desperado is good, if sometimes a little gory, fun. Nothing to analyse too much, just enjoy. If you have the opportunity, watch the original, then this one and things will make a lot more sense. Desperado has enough back history woven into it to make it a standalone film, but the overall experience is better watching the two back to back.
Antonio Banderas, um dos astros mais destacados do momento, estrela como Mariachi sem nome e solitário, pelo jovem e aclamado Robert Rodriguez. À procura de vingança por causa da morte da namorada, o Mariachi carrega um estojo de guitarra cheio de armas e murgulhad de cabeça no submundo de fronteira. Com a ajuda de seu melhor amigo (Steve Buscemi) e de uma linda proprietária de livraria (Salma Hayek), eles saem à caça de Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida), um poderoso traficante mexicano de drogas. Mas o bandido tem em exército esperando para dar-lhe proteção.Neste confronto explode um filme de ação ininterrupta, com uma grande dose de humor, fazendo de A Balada do Pistoleiro uma aventura que você não pode perder.