El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. Written by
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I am a big fan of Rodriguez's films. Particularly 'From Dusk til Dawn','Planet Terror' and 'Sin City'. Then I bought the film 'Desperado' and learned it was a sequel to "El Mariachi". Since I have OCD and everything must be in order, I told myself I had to see 'El Mariachi' before I would allow myself to see 'Desperado'. I looked all over and ended up buying 'El Mariachi', not knowing the movie experience I would soon get...
'El Mariachi' is a low-budget movie and you can tell it is. But it is without a doubt much MUCH better than a lot of these excuses for "movies" they dump on us these days. The concept is simple enough; a traveling Mariachi player is looking for work and gets mistaken for a killer. He has to fight his way out of this one.
The cast was made up of Hollywood "nobodies" but they gave performances so realistic and Oscar-worthy that you couldn't tell. El Mariachi (the character) was wonderfully played by Carlos Gallardo, who should have gotten an award for his part. You sympathized and rooted for him throughout the entire film. The lead actress, Domino was also professionally played by Consuelo Gomez. The REAL killer (with whom El Mariachi is mistaken for), "Azul" was probably my favorite character besides El Mariachi himself, played by the talented Reinol Martinez. There's also the antagonists, like the "gringo" mob leader who tried to kill El Mariachi and Azul, and has a crush on Domino. The leader, Mauricio "Moco" was played by the surprisingly good Peter Marquardt. There's also his main enforcer, who is always after Mariachi and gives a great performance yet doesn't speak a word, "Bigoton", played by Jaime de Hoyos.
Given the small budget, the used/limited props/equipment, and the cast, Rodriguez created a cinematic masterpiece. Many probably do not like the movie because of its lower quality and the fact that its all in Spanish. But these only make the whole experience even better.
Fans of Rodriguez will not want to miss this one. Rodriguez starts off his movie career on a very good note with "El Mariachi."
This movie gets a 10/10. Check it out. Be sure to watch in Spanish with English subtitles, and not in English (audio).
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