Lady Gaga will make her big-screen debut Friday (October 11) in “Machete Kills.”. Gaga plays a gun-slinging assassin, Lady Chameleon, who shares one thing in common with the pop star: a love for glamorous couture.
The Robert Rodriguez-directed flick follows Machete (Danny Trejo returning to the title role), who is being recruited by the president of the United States (played by Carlos Estevez a.k.a. Charlie Sheen) to stop terrorists from attacking the country. But soon Machete learns that there’s more to plot than anyone could have ever imagined. In addition to Gaga, Trejo and Sheen, the flick boasts a cast that includes Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Mel Gibson.
“Machete Kills” is the campy sequel to 2010’s equally over-the-top “Machete,” based on a trailer that first appeared in 2007’s double feature, “Grindhouse.” And while Gaga is new to the franchise, some critics felt that it might be time for Machete to retire. Others, however, still found the humor in it. Here’s what the critics have to say about the film, out Friday.
” ’Machete Kills’ is gruesomely baroque trash staged with a kinetic freedom that is truly eye-popping, so you can forgive its lapses, like how it goes on a little too long. Rodriguez’s only real sin as a filmmaker is that he wants to give you way too much of a crazy ultraviolent good time.” — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
Too Much Star Power?
“The film draws most of its charm from the obvious fun its supporting cast appears to have had on set, and Rodriguez has little trouble holding audience interest when he can simply introduce a new outrageous character every five minutes or so. Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba reprise their roles from the original; Walt Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Antonio Banderas and Lady Gaga all make good with their respective turns as assassins; and ’Spy Kids’ alumna Alexa Vega finally completes her maturation from child star to ludicrously pneumatic sexpot.” — Andrew Barker, Variety
Ready For Her Close-Up?
“Certainly the movie’s nonstop cameo appearances, facilitated by a bounty-hunter character known as The Chameleon who’s constantly changing appearances, instill a degree of intermittent interest, as Cuba Gooding Jr., Antonio Banderas and Walton Goggins all cycle through the role with varying degrees of wisecracking and smirking. Rodriguez can claim some credit for providing Lady Gaga with her feature film debut as another iteration of the assassin, but it’s not exactly an auspicious start.” — Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
The Final Word
“The sequel Machete Kills opens with a fake trailer for a not-yet-produced third installment, then spends the next 100-plus minutes making a case for plunging a knife into the franchise’s heart.” — Alonso Duralde, The Wrap