Cinco de Mayo Continues! – Machete (2010)

Rated R
Try pairing with:  Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Jen’s Rating:  C

What do you do on Cinco de Mayo? You eat Spanish food, watch a Mexican-themed movie and have lots of cerveza or margaritas. After a fantastic dinner we got cozy on the sofa with our beverage in hand and began to watch the grindhouse style film  Machete.  The movie is loaded with top rated stars for lead and supporting roles. Machete, played by Danny Trejo is a former police officer that is quite a Casanova, who becomes a vigilante seeking revenge against Torres, played by Steven Seagal.

In the mean time, Machete teams up with both Sartana, played by Jessica Alba and Luz, played by Michelle Rodriguez. The trio attempt to take down Senator McLaughlin played by Robert De Niro, for murdering Mexicans that attempt to cross the border into the United States as well as build an electrocution fence along the border of Mexico and the United States.

Machete was definitely entertaining; I can’t possibly say it’s a great movie. I have watched it more that one time because Jeremy enjoys it. This movie is not for people who have a weak stomach when it comes to blood and guts. There are several beheadings. I’m not sure how Danny Trejo was such a ladies man throughout the film because he always looked angry and mean. However, exceptional cast is what truly makes this movie. I rated Machete a “C” because I feel it is the best grindhouse movie I have seen and the cast was beyond exceptional.

Jeremy’s Rating:  A-

Machete is easily the best of the “grindhouse” style films released primarily by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino over the last decade.  Its playful humor, intentionally horrible one-liners, and gratuitous and ridiculous gore are what makes it so charming.  Revolving around a high-level conspiracy aimed at immigration law and border control, this bloody romp through southern Texas and Mexico is more relevant in today’s political climate than ever.  The first time I had the chance to see Machete was when it originally released after being a fake teaser shown between the original grindhouse releases of Death Proof and Planet Terror.  The part that drew me in the most was that it was just a joke that Rodriguez ended up making a reality based on fan demand.

With an all-star cast including but not limited to, Robert De Niro, Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan and others, the star power of this film really shines.  They all do a wonderful job as their respective characters, embodying the cheesy but meaningful script and making the world in the film come alive.  Even when Trejo is swinging from another man’s intestines you still feel engaged.  The action is constant and with each kill, you only find yourself in Machete’s corner as a bigger and bigger fan of his quest for justice.

While I will say that this is an instant classic and definitely has a huge cult following, I cannot say it is perfect.  There are times where the dialogue seems amiss, and some of the action drags on occasion, but is always followed by something outrageous to keep you watching more.  There are so many wonderfully ridiculous parts to this movie that when you speak to someone about it they will undoubtedly have a favorite part that you will have forgotten about or looked over.  For all these reasons and the fact that I could pretty much watch this one any time, I give Machete a firm A-.

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