El Mariachi (1992)

18 May 2016

silly humor
physical comedy

incorrect physics/sciences/engr
secrets of life
memorable quotes
thought provoking thinking
emotional resonance
empathy and sympathy

fresh perspective
this is pointless (either I can’t find a point or I disagree whole-heartedly)
did not get it
cliché message
layered meaning (good for over-thinking/multiple viewing)
multiple good interpretations

excellent camera work
immersive atmosphere
ethereal cinematography
beautiful scenes
transcendent use of color and/or shadow
fitting soundtrack

expected outcome
unexpected outcome
unacceptable suspense (developments predicted too early)
acceptable suspense (developments predicted minutes before)
exceptional suspense (developments not predicted)
intricate storyline (what the fuck just happened? have to read elsewhere or re-watch)
some characters lacking development

intense action
realistic effects


finally got to see this indie gem. I still can get over how great the camera works are given its budget. Can’t say I can do anything of this caliber with $7000 adjusted for inflation and better tech of today.

The composition is however a tad bit too cartoonish for the plot. When the scenes get intense, I could see his “bedhead”’s shadow. Also had a lot of trouble with the fact that those two guys shot each other… I can buy him being fast enough to not get shot, but … Also I suppose for this to be realistic, Mexico must be an even tougher place to grow up in then I thought. Dude picked up a semi and just shot many people to death at not exactly point blank range (in the colloquial sense of the phrase).

But then again, such humour might be exactly the coping mechanism that come of a rough society as portrayed. Given the two bosses, despite the disgreement, really don’t care about the difference between 6 dead or 10 gone.

by the way, LOOOOOOOOOve the drema sequences.

why did he go back to the motel? clearly they were in cohuts as he heard the consierge yell “no room 10”

it’s super nice of the gangsters to not kill him when they figured out he’s not blue (Azul). The guy did see him kill 2+ of his men. But I suppose they are really just his boss’ men.

The ending is great. Of course when a gun is pointed, narcissit’s pawns would only get out of the way.

I guess the ending is darker and more meaningful than I thought. On top a nice little thriller, it’s a story of an ordinary man who wants to follow his ancestor’s path and finds a little love got utterly disappointed by the gringo mobster.