Pirates of the Refried Bean

In Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the outlaw Johnny Depp saves the day


Rated R

Through it all, Depp's the man to watch, and reason enough to recommend the flick despite its muddled nature. There are one or two moments of inspiration not involving him, one an escape sequence in which a chained-together Banderas and Hayek descend, Slinky-like, down a series of fire escapes. The remote-control guitar case is also nifty, and when Dafoe receives his own wacky disfigurement similar to Depp's, he likewise cuts loose with a campy energy Banderas is missing. Fans of Salma Hayek should note that she only appears in flashback and is utterly inessential to the story; Eva Mendes, however, looks the hottest she's ever been.

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