Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2004) 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…
DVD Review

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2004)

Antonio Banderas, Once Upon a Time in Mexico | 'TIME' BANDIT Banderas goes ballistic in ''Mexico''
Image credit: Once Upon A Time in Mexico: Rico Torres
'TIME' BANDIT Banderas goes ballistic in ''Mexico''
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jan 20, 2004; DVD Release Date: Jan 20, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Action/Adventure, Mystery and Thriller; With: Antonio Banderas, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek and Eva Mendes; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

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.

Originally posted Feb 02, 2004 Published in issue #749-750 Feb 06, 2004 Order article reprints