Top positive review
Terrific, dark political satire
on February 7, 2012
From a funny, complex, dark and political script by Larry Gelbart, with a smashing lead performance
by Antonio Banderas, and lovely support by a number of actors (first and foremost Alan Arkin cast
way against type as a mercenary machine gunner, who makes the part completely his own) ' this is
a terrific retelling of a hard to believe but true story of the revolutionary Pancho Villa getting Hollywood
to film his real life war as a way of netting good publicity and public support.
I love the way the film effectively mixes the tragedy of war with comedy, an epic feel (amazing considering
it was made for HBO) with intimate character moments.
Not everything works. There's a love story that feels a little shoe-horned in, and some ideas get repeated
a few too many times, but this is a terrific satirical look at Hollywood, war, politics and how they all dance
together. And it's not afraid of making Pancho Villa a hero with a dark side, a man of good intent but huge,
unchecked ego as well.