Machete Kills begins with a trailer for the next film in the Machete series entitled Machete Kills Again...In Space!. Ever since the ending of the first film in the series, Machete, in which they announced the names of the sequels to Machete, I have been wanting to see this movie. The Machete series is just about as over the top as a film series can be and that is before the release of the film in which they go to space! It is almost hard to imagine how Robert Rodriguez could bring the Machete series to an even more over the top level, but right in the beginning of the second Machete film we are shown just how this could be done. I won't spoil all the hilarious surprises and just general awesomeness that comes from witnessing the Machete Kills Again...In Space! trailer, but just know that the movie looks to truly live up to its title.
So, right at the beginning of the movie we are off to an amazing start, but where could the movie possibly go from there? How could the movie possibly top seeing Machete unleashed upon the vast, cold, epic, space of, well, space? This is the question that went through my head constantly as I watched Machete Kills. The answer to this question is that Machete Kills can't really out over the top the brilliant trailer for Machete Kills Again...In Space!, but it sure can try!
Machete Kills is a very over the top movie. It takes the action genre to new levels with its inventive and flat out awesomely ridiculous kills. Oh yes, you better believe Machete kills. As Carlos Estevez states in the film, "It's what he does." Anyway, Machete Kills by all means delivers the over the top goods with appearances from many different quality actors, and a pop star, in roles that are just perfectly hilarious for them to be playing. It is truly a joy to watch from frame one right until the very last frame.
Now, for the criticism. You knew it was coming after all that praise, right? Machete Kills, despite being one of the most over the top experiences you will ever have, can't really ever match the quality of the opening trailer for Machete Kills Again...In Space!. Throughout the whole movie I kept thinking about how awesome that trailer was and how much I wanted to see that film. While I enjoyed what was happening on the screen in Machete Kills, I just couldn't stop comparing it to the greatness of what seemed to be coming next in this film series. I wanted desperately for the hero to find some way to get to space and when hints at that plot started to come about in the movie I was just reminded even more how I wanted to see the next movie.
I believe that if they put the trailer in the end of the movie rather than the beginning of the movie it would have helped things a lot. Perhaps the trailer wouldn't have had the same level of surprise when coming at the end of the movie, but I think it would have been just as good as witnessing it in the beginning. That way the focus of the movie could have been more on what the audience is watching now than what they are going to watch whenever the next Machete film comes out.
Machete Kills certainly has a lot of great moments in itself and that is why I give it a good rating, but it often felt to me like one big trailer for the next movie in the franchise rather than its own film. So many movies these days feel franchise oriented, leaving things open and hinting at plots for future films. Sometimes it feels like movies save too much for the sequel rather than packing everything good into one amazing film. Stretching one book into three movies like The Hobbit is doing is a good example of this although I think those movies look to be really good. Anyway, although I am happy that the next film in the franchise looks to be the best yet, I wish the second film had been a little more than just the bridge between the first and third Machete films.
That's enough criticism. Machete Kills is a movie that delivers exactly what the trailer promises. It's probably the most accurate trailer depiction of a movie ever done. So watch the trailer for Machete Kills and you'll know whether or not this movie is for you. Honestly, you didn't even need to read this review. Thanks for sticking around though. It's been fun. Now let's all pray that Machete Kills Again...In Space! becomes a reality soon!