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El Mariachi
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by Carina Hoskisson

"'El' is NOT about a Mariachi band (sorry all you mariachi fans)"
4 stars

The Film that jumpstarted the independant independant's.

Much has been made of Rodriguez's budget for El Mariachi, a mere $7,000, and has inspired other mavericks to dream or even act on their own movie-making fantasies. This is not a technical review: if you want the in's and out's of how it was done, go to your local bookstore (if you can tear yourself away form the VCR) and pick up a copy of "Rebel Without a Crew" the making-of saga of El Mariachi.

If at all possible, I like watching director's movies in chronological order. El Mariachi was my first taste of Rodriguez and I liked it. The camera movements were innovative without being pretentious and there was an underlying sense of humor with his shooting style.

The story is told by the Mariachi in the movie title. El Mariachi is on the road looking for gigs. He wanders into a town where the ubiquitous mistaken identity storyline begins to unfold, complete with a nasty drug lord and lovely damsel in distress. However re-tread the story seems in the beginning, it does evolve to become an interesting plot. The damsel, Domino(Gomez), isn't exactly helpless and she's got some admirable backbone. I liked the drug lord, Moco(Marquardt), it was refreshing to see the bad guy played by a white guy, when in so many movies the drug lord is hispanic. It was an interesting indictment of the real role the US plays in the drug wars in Mexico: how although the US continually exerts pressure on the Mexican people, the US is the source of the demand for drugs. I'm not sure if Rodriguez ment it to be ironical, but I found it so.
All told, I thought El Mariachi was well done and had a fun evolving storyline.
On an even better note, there was a short attached to the version of El Mariachi I rented called "Bedhead." It was thoroughly enjoyable, and even if you can't stand El Mariachi, fast forward to catch "Bedhead."

El Mariachi was a great ride, a good introduction to Rodriguez and a blast to see what was done on $7,000!

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originally posted: 11/11/98 01:51:05
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User Comments

7/13/16 Anne loved it, also the dog! 4 stars
3/25/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Lotsa' fun. 4 stars
8/23/09 bored mom As good as cheese gets, not to mention funny as hell 5 stars
5/25/06 William Goss All things considered, an admirable effort inevitably outdone by Desperado. 3 stars
10/25/05 Matt Holland Silly, but fun 3 stars
8/05/05 Zack Terrifico! 5 stars
6/13/05 Agent Sands Groundbreakingly clever shoestring filmmaking doesn't explain diplorable script. 3 stars
5/31/05 nan nan nan 4 stars
1/07/04 Cam W A great film. A feat. An Inspiration 5 stars
7/09/03 Jim More compelling than "Desperado" although sadly lacking in Salma Hayek. 4 stars
6/19/03 AlexVidal Great movie......... 5 stars
5/13/03 Mr. Hat (I'm Back Mo'Fos!!!) Something this clever and cool for $7,000 is even more clever and cool. 4 stars
1/29/03 Ingo Funny, violent, sarcastic , entertaining - watch this! 5 stars
6/17/02 jimjoy superb 5 stars
6/12/02 malcolm good, considering ... 3 stars
8/29/01 Nick How come the budget is more important than the actual MOVIE? 3 stars
3/24/01 The Bomb 69 excellent movie, $7000 to make, $2 million earned at the box office 5 stars
4/15/00 zi[[q]] great, esp. electronic mariachi and way better than desperado 4 stars
11/22/99 Cormac S. Gaughan A good exciting movie made on a shoe string budget. 4 stars
10/05/99 Miguel pretty damn good for a $7000 mexican film 4 stars
7/03/99 J-Dogg Rodriguez did it right; this is the route I'm taking when I make my first flick. 4 stars
4/29/99 Lucas jackson One of the best low budget movies of our time 5 stars
10/26/98 Silent Rob A film by/for people who love film. Inspired 'grass roots' filmmaking. 5 stars
10/19/98 {{{OZ}}} Shits all over deperado. There's no way it only cost $7000, but it's still a damn fine film 5 stars
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