The film, which starts Danny Trejo as a wronged man on a mission of violence and retribution, is scoring a 75% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
Is this a surprise? It’s hard to tell, but considering the groundswell of excitement surrounding the film, one that many fans wanted to see the first time they saw the fake trailer during intermission between Grindhouse’s double feature, many expected the film to do well, but maybe not score as well with critics.
The cast, which includes Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Lindsday Lohan, adds an element of curiosity. The kind of curiosity one uses when driving by a bad car wreck? Maybe, but that may be what Rodriguez was aiming for in the first place.
Robert Rodriguez is much more eager to embrace the camp value of the ultra-violent B-movies of yesteryear. Machete, which he co-wrote with his cousin Alvaro Rodriguez and co-directed with editor Ethan Maniquis, is an enthusiastic and affectionate exploitation flick, a movie that is fully aware of (and delighted by) its own absurdity. The story is updated for 2010, but the style and tone — minus the irony — would have been at home in a greasy Times Square-adjacent theater in the early ’70s. Via Film.com
It’s no secret that this film was made to be “so bad it’s good.”
The only bad thing about all of this positive press is that we may be seeing more of these “so bad it’s good” type of movies that will be more bad than good.