The Killer (O Matador)
Release year: 2017
Director: Marcelo Galvão
Screenwriter: Marcelo Galvão
Starring: Diogo Morgado, Thalia Ayala, Maria de Mederios, Mel Lisboa, Phil Miler, Etienne Chicot, Will Roberts, Thaís Cabral
Strangers meet and one of them tell the others the story of the feared killer Cabeleira (Morgado).
Brazilian western O Matador struggles in the first half, as many movies relying so heavily on narration does, but makes up for it in the second half. The back-and-forward between the present and the past makes you loose the interest a bit, especially as neither story lines are specifically catching, but in the second half the story runs more smoothly, the characters become more gripping and in the end, you find yourself gripped by the dramatic story up until a satisfying ending. Morgado (Son of God, 2014) plays his killer stoic, newcomer Cabral is wonderful and Roberts (The West and the Ruthless, 2017) makes an impression in few scenes and the cinematography is stunning. It is at once a classic western and at the same something new, perhaps because of the Brazilian origin. A solid western.
The movie was inspired by a book called “o cabeleira”, which is part of the cassical brazilian literature.