Getting your expectations straight is another essential thing – this is no Munich. You don’t get the victim’s “plight”, you don’t get their perspective, etc. Thank God for that. This is an entertaining buddy movie that will leave the same legacy as a box of popcorn will. A nice box though.
Julian Noble (Pierce Brosnan) is a burned-out hitman who’s in a hurry to get a few last jobs done before he retires. A tireless womanizer, Julian manages to fits his assignments in between affairs.
Julian’s moustache contributes significantly to the portrayal of a charming oddball. The other key ingridient is Julian’s manic drive – I cannot imagine this guy retiring any time soon. This is a good performance from Pierce Brosnan, perhaps a notch higher than his performance in After the Sunset.
The straight guy in this unusual buddy story is played by Greg Kinnear (not that Julian is gay, far from it). He takes his “friend’s” confessions in stride, without too much consideration for the poor victims. In one scene, Julian showcases his skills in setting up the perfect hit. Greg’s character, Danny Wright, goes from excitement to fear to relief – which is exactly the range of emotions appropriate for the movie.
All in all, The Matador is light and entertaining with some excellent scenes between Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear. If you’re looking for fun flick, that’s it. I definitely enjoyed it.