Monday, January 30, 2006

The Matador (***)

The Matador is a fun, breezy comic caper that, while it won't make you laugh out loud all that much, will entertain you. Pierce Brosnan gives the most charismatic, against type, and best performance of his career here as a hitman going through a midlife crisis. Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis add solid support as the regular folks drawn into Brosnan's schemes. Things get a bit frantic and less cohesive in the last third of the film, but it ends on a nice, bittersweet moment--one that's not all that different from the end of Planes, Trains & Automobiles.


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