Week six is time for the crime category. Due to its potential similarity with the thriller genre I'm going to…
A hitman and a salesman walk into a bar...
The life of Danny Wright, a salesman forever on the road, veers into dangerous and surreal territory when he wanders into a Mexican bar and meets a mysterious stranger, Julian, who's very likely a hit man. Their meeting sets off a chain of events that will change their lives forever, as Wright is suddenly thrust into a far-from-mundane existence that he takes to surprisingly well … once he gets acclimated to it.
A terrific surprise, The Matador shows up Pierce Brosnan as a man with great comic sensibilities and a gleeful dark side that is a joy to watch. Brosnan plays an ageing hitman, struggling with his inner demons brought on by the job and the loneliness that it was brought him; Greg Kinnear is a sales man who's life has hit a terribly long run of bad luck. Both men are lost souls from the opposite side of the tracks and their odd ball friendship helps them to set each other straight in their lives.
The story itself is fairly standard in and of itself, it is the relationship between the pair and in particular Brosnan's off the wall performance that…
During a business trip in Mexico Danny meets and befriends Julian, who, unbeknownst to Danny, is a hitman.
Quite funny comedy that deals with themes of masculinity and personal self-worth. Well directed and really well acted.
There are often days where I just need something simple, punchy and funny to watch. The other night I found myself discovering Come and See; one of the most profound, relentless and terrifying depictions of war I've seen. Today, with all the thoughts of it still running through my mind, I needed something to take my mind away from it. The Matador, from 2005, was just the film I had in my mind when I browsed through my DVD collection.
Starring Pierce Brosnan, of James Bond fame, as an assassin, we follow him on his multiple trips throughout out the world. We see him drunk, rude and making asinine remarks. Brosnan, playing Julian, encounters Danny. Danny is a man on…
No había visto esta comedia-negra-con-asesino-a-sueldo desde 2006, y el reencuentro ha sido feliz. Con un título como The Matador uno puede esperar dos cosas: sangre y arena. En realidad no hay prácticamente nada de ninguna de las dos cosas. En su lugar The Matador ofrece buenos diálogos, personajes caristmáticos (el asesino en horas bajas, el hombre que lo tiene todo pero no es consciente de ello...), excelentes interpretaciones tanto de Brosnan como de Kinnear, alguna que otra situación cómica, y una historia que no necesita de grandes efectismos para ser satisfactoria. Una joyita a descubrir.
This rewatch took nearly three weeks to get through, but I think that was more my ridiculous schedule's fault than the movie's. As for the film itself, it's entertaining, though nowhere near the oh-my-god-so-unique-and-stylish-and-touching masterpiece status I held it at when I was a teenager.
It's weird how time changes the way we perceive or recall things in movies; for example, I remembered the final scene of The Matador and its use of The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" (forever one of my favorite songs) being far more epic and moving than it actually was. In my mind, the emotional context was more complex, the way it was filmed was kind of grandiose, and the final shot/cut-to-title-card was…
The Matador is one of those movies that I heard about and thought, "sure it'll be okay," but the amount of heart that this movie has makes it truly great.
Brosnan shines and both Kinnear and Davis hang with him the whole way in a crime film that slowly evolves into one of the best buddy films I've seen in a long time.
Pierce Brosnan gives a far better performance here than he ever did as James Bond.
Perhaps if he had channeled some more into the oo7 series, he may have been a decent spy!
Kinnear and Brosnan have great chemistry, and the Bond veteran gives possibly the best performance of his career. A bit of style over substance, but still worth watching for the acting and said style alone.
Great performance by Brosnan sadly wrapped in a bad movie.
An international hitman and an unsuccesful businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.
Unusual but unfunny take on the buddy film genre with two quite disagreeable characters.
Though it may well end a bit flat and not really know how to end it in general the majority of this is funny and interesting. Brosnan pus in a great performance and Kinnear is good for being the total opposite and playing it convincingly. It also looks great, the soundtrack is top notch, the supporting cast is good and the whole attitude of it right from the off is totally unexpected.
327 on the stadium chair between them during bull fighting scene.
Fourth viewing, I think. Now that I'm cohabitating I've been watching old favorites with my fiancee, and I thought this would be up her alley. Perhaps I talked it up too much, but she was a bit dismissive, and it rubbed off on me a bit. Her take was that Bronsan just went too far in being showy for showy's sake in wiping off the Bond crust with spectacular blasphemy, and I can see that; so, too, can I see the limits of budget and a general locked-down quality that is sometimes striking but more often a bit staid and first-time director-y (although I JUST learned that no, it wasn't).
But I still love Kinnear and Davis in this (and,…
Cazzo che bel film...mai stato un fan di Brosnan..james bond mi fa cagare, non importa chi lo interpreti! Bella storia...da guardare.
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