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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Film Review: The Matador

The Matador (15)
Dir. Richard Shepard

Reviewed by Matt Adcock

So, this Hitman and Salesman walk into a bar... Stop me if you’ve heard this one…

The Hitman (Pierce Brosnan no less) says:
“Margaritas always taste better in Mexico.”
The Salesman replies: “Yes they do.”

Raising an eyebrow in a way not entirely unreminiscent of a certain 007, the hitman looks him in the eye and nods:
“Margaritas and cock”.

And so it is that the witty screenplay of The Matador whips the carpet from under you every chance it gets… It’s funny and lightweight – Brosnan is great as the ‘anti Bond’ Julian Noble – a Hitman described as ‘a facilitator of fatalities’ who specializes in corporate gigs (helping to close deals with the assistance of a high powered rifle). Turns out though that Noble is experiencing something akin to a mid-life crisis – his Birthday assessment of his life: no real friends, no permanent home, no significant female and no planned future… And then he meets into Danny Wright ( Greg Kinnear) – the Salesman who seems to have modelled himself on the Simpson’s own Chris-tian-arooni Ned Flanders.

Brosnan has much fun being a deviant sexist scumbag but one that we are drawn to… On a ‘hit’ he is pestered by a young boy who says that his mother thinks he’s cute…
He looks over at the mum and then says to the kid:
"Tell your mother to lose 30lbs and 20 years. Then get back to me".

If you’re looking for something that is consistently entertaining, crude, funny and still manages to bring some real emotions to the party. The Matador is worthy of your time.

Darkmatt Rating: ööö (the name's not Bond... but that hardly matters)

"nice and sleazy does it"

Darkmatters: H O ME

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