Who's directing your next action flick: Robert Rodriguez or Guillermo del Toro? | The Tylt
Imagine: you just signed on for yet another billion-dollar-budget action flick. All the essentials are in order—script, soundtrack, pyrotechnics—except for one teensy thing—the director. Since the film is one part edgy, one part satirical, and all parts badass, you need a certain type of guy. You have two directors to choose from: Robert Rodriguez, grindhouse extraordinaire who gave us Salma Hayek’s best moment, and Guillermo del Toro, whose blends action with fantasy. Who do you pick?
Who's directing your next action flick: Robert Rodriguez or Guillermo del Toro?
Robert Rodriguez is something of a dark-knight-cowboy, a description which pretty much sums up his entire directing style. The Texas native exploded into prolific filmmaker status with works such as “El Mariachi” and “Desperado,” gritty films that really squeezed their explosion budgets well past their juice. He also bequeathed us with the “Sin City” franchise, the grindhouse “Planet Terror,” and, on a PG-rated note, the “Spy Kids” movies.
Most importantly, Rodriguez’s films launched the careers of what are now some of the most well-respected actors and actresses in the industry. There’s Antonio Banderas, a smoldering heartthrob that made post-pirate-era-men-with-ponytails sexy again. Then there’s Salma Hayek, who’s talent and beauty continues to capture audiences internationally. People familiar with “From Dusk Till Dawn” probably really only remember Salma Hayek’s character from that movie for obvious reasons (look it up).
The best thing about Rodriguez’s films is that they’re fun. Their grit and high voltage action sequences all carry an air of self-awareness about them that let’s audiences know, hey, we realize this a bit ridiculous, but that’s what makes it such a good time. Plus, working with Rodriguez ensures you’ll have some pretty attractive costars to work with. We can’t wait to read all the subsequent stories on TMZ.
Guillermo del Toro looks like a jolly man, which completely contradicts how dark and twisted his material can get. He’s directed everything from vampire dramas to creepy ghost films to the true “Hellboy” franchise (sorry, Daniel Harbor). No matter what the genre or plot may be, though, Guillermo manages to express some element of magic or the fantastical, forming images as lush as a fairytale labyrinth.
Other gems among the Guillermo del Toro cannon are Charlie Hunnam in tight Victorian clothing and Tom Hiddleston’s derriere, things that were probably not what the Academy looked at when they gave him that Oscar, but what do they know about taste, anyway (obviously none, since it was for a movie involving fish fornication)?
Any film you star in that has Guillermo del Toro as the director is sure to be beautiful. Granted, it might be a bit weird, but it’ll be classy weird, as well as unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. Who knows—you may even have the honor of working beside Ron Perlman.