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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…
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.
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 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…
Stylishly violent and violently stylish, French auteur Luc Besson's transition to English language filmmaking successfully fuses the sensibilities of Hollywood and Paris together in this placid, neo-realistic action fable featuring some of Jean Reno's best work ever as a stealthy hitman who takes a rough young girl under his wing. The girl is played by Natalie Portman in her screen debut, and despite the obvious age gap, Besson manages to make their relations believable. Portman also holds her own against the other actors, despite this being her screen debut. It's a superb film that suffers from only one problem: Gary Oldman's over-the-top villain takes up a little more screen time than preferred.
the weird ass encouragement of """romance""" between leon and mathilda ruined this for me
My review -- this action/action revenge/cultural/crime/dark/drama film title is now on DVD and yes it does have a solid profit margin of roughly slightly over $29 million. The basic storyline is this, the audience meets this family of extremely volatile people and let's just say they don't really get along but the youngest sister and brother are exempt from this. But sadly the head of this family is up to shady dealings with this crooked cop which has zero patients for people that mess him around, so after this business deal goes south the youngest girl find her life will take a different path, where she will find even the most quiet of men have the most darkest of backgrounds.…
Review to come.
Destructive, but life-affirming. Like Zombieland.
I am seriously convinced that my only problem with this film is the Italian dubbing, but damn it sucked so bad. I plan to rewatch-it in ensglish as soon as possible
I generally don't like Besson's movies (although I have not seen The Fifth Element nor La Femme Nikita) but I love The Professional. In fact, every time I see it, I forget all the pain I felt watching Lucy at the theatre.
This movie is just about perfect. This movie perfectly acted, shot, written and executed that it's hard to deny. And the fact that it was supposed to be a side-project to The Fifth Element, a significantly inferior movie. I can't even put into words how this movie is. It just has to be seen.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest." Top two-hundred is definitive. Only 1940-2015.