This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
it has been a good 10 years since i last saw it, and boy how i had forgotten the impact it holds over me and the rest of the world.
the one movie that tarantino (granted, he hadn't been this heartfelt with it) always wish he had come up with. léon isn't just a memorable piece of cinema, forever etched in our hearts as one of the epitomes of the 90's. it's also a inspiration 'n trendsetter for fashionistas who 22 years later still incorporate mathildas choker, motorcycle boots, round sun glasses and green bomber jacket into their styles. timelessness at its best.
I could watch this movie a hundred million times and never ever get tired of it. I don't even understand how something can be so captivating and well done.
A entertaining and a very odd film, Pretty well done action scenes, Jean Reno knocks this performance out of the park and does an outstanding job, as well as the rest of the impressive cast.
War sehr dumm von mir, den Film so lange vor mir her zu schieben. Drei großartige Performances von Reno, Oldman & Portman. In manchen Szenen sehr hart, in anderen so viel Herz dabei. War bestimmt nicht das letzte mal, dass ich mir den Film angesehen habe.
Jetzt erstmal ein kaltes Glas Milch.
Why am I just watching this movie?!
Very interesting movie. Made me feel uneasy and uncomfortable at times, but it was a well written movie.
I don't know if I'd be in a rush to watch it again, but I'm glad I took the time to finally get around to watch it. However, I would recommend it to others.
Léon's strengths lie within its performances (Gary fucking Oldman!), the beginning of the relationship between the two title characters, and some solid direction. However, I am one of what seem to be few (surprisingly so) that find the latter half of the title characters' relationship far too unnerving. Before I tread on, I must add that I caught the near 2hr runtime version of the film. I only wish I was able to catch the American theatrical release and possibly have saved myself some of the tension. The relationship goes to the edge of comfortability in the version I caught, but it doesn't necessarily take a large step over it. However, I found it very obvious that anyone writing/directing…
Leon has become a cult classic film because it's well written, entertaining, and excellently acted. Seriously, Luc Besson is fantastic at creating characters and whoever is in charge of casting them deserves an Oscar or two.
Mathilda and Leon's relationship gets a little sketch at times in the same way you probably felt uncomfortable watching the dance scene in Moonrise Kingdom. It's not layed on too thick but it's there, so...
There's lots of good dialog right from the get-go and all throughout the movie.
My favorite aspect of the film is how slick of an assasin Leon is but like he's also a sort of father figure to Mathilda. He's got layers. Jean Reno gets the credit for this.
"Leon: The Professional" goes down as one of my favorite films of all time. The emotional chemistry between Portman and Reno is mesmerizing as it adds to the beauty of the film.
pick any 5 from this list at random and you have a great squad..... the possibilities are endless