Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, James Gandolfini
I was pretty surprised. I remember liking this movie when I saw it back in high school, and I just naturally expected to like it much less now. Because… I like everything less now. But no, The Mexican turned out to be a pretty funny movie with a good cast and some very human characters.
Brad Pitt is a guy who messes everything up who’s been in the employ of the mob ever since he accidentally got the leader put in jail. Now he’s got one last mission to do to pay back his debt: He has to go to Mexico and get a fancy gun which everybody and their brother also wants to get. James Gandolfini is a hitman for the mob who brings along Pitt’s “wife”, Julia Roberts, to make sure he gets the job done.
So yes, it’s mainly a crime film and it’s got gunplay and car stunts and all that, but it’s also got some pretty heavy romantic comedy elements to it. Interestingly enough, Pitt and Roberts have very little screen time together, and their relationship is fleshed out via third party conversations. The movie is worth watching for Pitt’s escapades in Mexico alone, and there’s an added little bonus of Gene Hackman as the crime boss in a cameo. So yeah, it’s not bad at all.