A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
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…
this movie cured my depression
the perfect duo
Gary Oldman it's a great villain.
A movie that begs me to watch it again to really stew in the themes it's exploring.
Perhaps on a second viewing I will appreciate it even more.
Edit: Turns out I accidentally watched the pared down American cut. How unfortunate! I'll have to see the extended version and give another review.
Natalie Portman has always been known as a notoriously inconsistent actress, but when she is on form, she is absolute dynamite. Her performances in films like "Closer", "V for Vendetta" and "Black Swan" more than justify any claims that she has acting talent. What she needs is a really good director to pave the way for her to shine. And here, in "Léon: The Professional", her debut performance, she more than stands up to seasoned professionals including Jean Reno (who plays Léon himself) and Gary Oldman.
I wasn't as emotionally involved with the central relationship as I feel like I was supposed to, partly because it was so damn disturbing that it made me feel mostly uncomfortable. Sure, I did…
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OH MY GOD GARY OLDMAN, I SWEAR, HE IS FANTASTIC.
Natalie Portman has some pretty good acting chops for a 12 year old.
Léon loves Gene Kelly as much as I do.
It’s a good movie, despite the ridiculous, over-the-top characters, and the light, upbeat tone that contrasted the dark, violent themes. Another way of saying that is that it was a weird movie, and the ending was kind of sad, but it was still a good movie. Also, I watched the American version, which annoyingly cut out some scenes, but it was still good.
Easily the best film of Luc Besson. The action scenes are slick and rather impressive, but they're not what makes the picture so wonderful. The heart delivered is powerfully effective, while the unfolding crime and conflict prove gripping and intriguing. Then there's the magnificent trio at the centre. The transformative performance of Gary Oldman is masterful to watch, but Jean Reno and Natalie Portman prove to be the MVPs.
All in all, an outright masterpiece.
ok but wasn't that plant plastic? I'm pretty sure the plant was plastic. Why did Natalie Portman insist on planting it in the damn ground
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