What You Need To Know:
(NA, B, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, A, D, M) Pagan worldview featuring vengeance & retribution with some minor Christian elements including prayer & the sign of the cross; 44 obscenities, 2 profanities & 18 vulgarities; extremely bloody acts including countless point blank shootings, knife throwing, fist fighting, leg breaking, neck breaking, man run over by car, man hit by ceiling fan, missal launches, & numerous views of corpses with open wounds; one act of promiscuous sex depicted; brief male & female full nudity (no genitalia); alcohol use; smoking & drug use & sales implied; and, revenge themes.
Set on a border town in modern day Mexico, DESPERADO features Antonio Banderas as the nameless Mariachi player who carries a guitar case filled with guns and various other weapons. Traveling from town to town, the Mariachi destroys anyone that comes in his way as he looks for Bucho, a drug lord who killed his girlfriend. When the Mariachi enters a bar, he asks for Bucho’s whereabouts. The response is a round of bullets, so the Mariachi opens his guitar case to play his own tune. Wounded, the Mariachi finds help from a beautiful bookstore owner named Carolina. She stitches him up and tells him she wants Bucho dead. Bandaged, the Mariachi escapes a vicious knife throwing thug, returns to Carolina for a steamy romantic tryst, kills some more of Bucho’s thugs, and prepares for his ultimate showdown with Bucho at Bucho’s own home.
There is a temptation to place a higher production value on this film than it deserves. What could be perceived as entertaining is actually titillating and shocking. This picture doesn’t equal the complexity of a PULP FICTION, nor the style of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. There is an attempt to provide moral value to this picture by depicting the Mariachi as a struggling Catholic, but in the end his desire of revenge overcomes him — not God’s grace.