[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Leon: The Professional
If you want a job done well, hire a professional.
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.
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 haven't got time FOR THIS MICKEY MOUSE BULLSHIT!"
From that opening shot, swooping down through the skyline of New York, whilst avoiding a lot of the tourist-y, cliched establishing shots, you can guess that this film is going to be nothing less than amazing.
And you'd be right.
You've got three excellent, although completely different, central performances ranging from Jean Reno's understated, almost mute, titular hitman who when not on the job, reverts back to a more innocent, almost childlike state. Then there's Natalie Portman's Matilda, who's the source of the majority of the movie's most disturbing moments. And of course Gary Oldman's pill-popping, deranged, unhinged corrupt DEA agent. All of which help to make this film something unique,…
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…
Ahora ya sé de dónde vino la inspiración de crear a Hit Girl y Big Daddy en Kickass.
No rating; I watched only the first hour. Portman's acting needs more than a little polish, and I couldn't see how the plot was going anywhere good. Next.
I love this film. no explanation needed!
Scene Analysis 1:
The Hallway Scene from Leon: The Professional:
So basically I decided that I'm going to start dissecting specific scenes and see what works and doesn't work, and then post my findings to letterboxd. Partially because I hope maybe I could help point out things to other cinephiles, and maybe someone could send me some requests.
However, instead of dissecting a famous scene (like the Chestburster scene from Alien or Ezekiel 25:17 from Pulp Fiction), I'm going with a very brief, subtle moment from a director who is known for being bombastic and crazy: Luc Besson.
So the film is obviously Leon: The Professional, and for context (mild spoilers) ahead, a little girl named Mathilda decided to buy…
Stansfield: I haven got the time for this Mickey Mouse bullshit!
Leon: The Professional is definitely one of my favorite Luc Besson movies ever. The story is gripping but the performances of Jean Reno, a young Nathalie Portman and Gary Oldman makes this, for me, a classic I keep returning too.
Jean Reno is superb, building on his role as Victor the cleaner in La Femme Nikita, he uses his face to convey a myriad of emotions with hardly using a word. He is extremely bad-ass when he is about doing his business but he is touching and kind when he shows his sensitive side. To be honest I am not sure which side I was and am more in…
It's all about the director's cut, which adds an extra layer to the relationship between Mathilda and Leon that makes their interaction that much more complex and interesting to watch.
Besson's strong direction and brilliant cast (especially Portman and Oldman) makes Leon an engaging, touching and entertaining film. I always love re-visiting it.
Very much in Luc Besson's style.
Natalie Portman is a real stand out at such a young age
I LOVE IT
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…