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Leon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Leon's footsteps.
Jean Reno, a thirteen-year-old Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman. This trio rocks Léon, managing to give heartfelt personality to an ‘action’ movie (although this aspect of the story mainly situates itself in the opening and closing fifteen minutes — some great fucking minutes that is). This film really is an has-it-all: the drama, the action, the happiness, the sadness, motherfucking Stansfield. Léon is the sort of film that inspires people to delve deeper into the medium of cinema; it’s the sort of film that sparks initial love for movies. The sort of film that you watch when fifteen and think of as awesome because of how calm and cool the protagonist is or cool and tense…
This is, by some comfortable margin, Luc Besson’s best film. From the very start with his debut feature, The Last Battle, Besson demonstrated a strong visual sense but it is safe to say that both script and performances have often been a little lacking. Leon was the first and only time that his movies have excelled in all three departments. For the odd few who have yet to see the film it is about a friendship between a hitman (the Leon of the title) and a 12 year old girl whose parents were killed by a corrupt police officer.
Besson has a fascination with hired killers whether it is as a director (Nikita) or producer (Columbiana) and the one element…
For a short while, back in the early 90s, I think Léon was my favourite film of all time. I still think it's really rather splendid, too.
As I've mentioned before about some films that I love, there are some where you can well imagine why they might get on the tits of some people. Léon is definitely one of those films. It is an absolutely bonkers and sometimes completely unbelievable action and crime thriller with a central relationship that nudges unnervingly towards the disturbing for most of its second half, and containing a performance from Gary Oldman that is so unpredictably unhinged that you could easily genuinely worry for the safety of Natalie Portman during their showdown in the…
Film #47 of Project 90
”Is life always this hard, or is it just when you're a kid?”
Leon is not a flawless films. There are plot holes everywhere, the dialogues are sometimes quite messy and the film is not sure what to do with its characters in the middle part. But honestly, who cares?! Luc Besson’s heart-stopping and highly stylish direction compensates for all those faults. Add to that a pretty bizarre and poetic relationship between the main characters, Gary Oldman’s psychotic and unforgettable villain, a classy score and some well-crafted action scenes. There you go. You have one of the most affecting actions of 90s.
At the center of the film we have the relationship between these two…
I'm going to keep this as simple as possible. Okay.
GREATEST FRIGGIN THING I HAVE WATCHED. Okay.
I am in love with this movie, the connection between the characters blew me away, this is a masterpiece!
Natalie Portman and Jean Reno playing dress up! LOVE.
Bathtub kill for the win!
Epic, brilliant, genuine, my favorite.
i sure love Gary Oldman in this. other than that i think it's mostly just dull. but what always starts to gnaw on me every time i try this again is all the corny affectation: Leon's thing for milk, his gawk-eyed awe at SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (calm down, i love it too, but it's cheap shorthand here) or Danny Aiello's cardboard goombah, or the domestic montage set to Bjork. comparisons to something like Melville don't hold up; none of these characters has any actual inner life. Leon's childlike presentation seems like a cop out to avoid any hint of desire, to nullify any general queasiness you might have about their plainly taboo relationship. when any authority figure in the…
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Without being what one would call 'fantastic', "Leon: The Professional" may touch you with its story and make you have a great time with its two protagonists' great chemistry and dynamic.
One of my favourite films of all time. Saw it in the cinema when it was released in UK. Since then, I've seen it about 20 other times, and own a few versions of it, from VHS to Digital copies.
Seeing a tiny Portman was interesting. The music was strangely fitting
Whoever directed this must really like comic books.
Leon: The Professional is an odd beast of sorts.
Dripping with slick cinematography, strong performances from Reno / Portman and a love or hate performance from Oldman, it's also weighed down by its tonal inconsistency. We can be in Besson's wonderous yet subtley sinister vision of New York or being subjected to cheesy montages of bonding between Reno and Portman. It's more jarring than entertaining. This film shines best fittingly in the shadows and the grit.
Leon's introduction to the audience is as stylish as it is intimindating. The layers of humanity that become prevalent in Reno's performance are fascinating.
I really enjoyed this and it does kind of pain me that I don't feel it's a higher rating but the tonal swings just soured it too much.
Also, loved the Goldeneye esque score.
Great Performances, Gary Oldman is Crazy, Natalie Is Excellent, Great Movie.
12 year old natalie portman snatched every single hair follicle off my head
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