[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.
My favorite film by Luc Besson!
Character driven film that delivers a disturbing coming of age story combined with the stylish action and thrills we've come to expect from a Luc Besson film!
Leon (Jean Reno) the reclusive immigrant, with an innocent childlike nature when he is not on the job as a professional cleaner! He's a loner, leads a simple life, always on the move, deals more in death than life!
Jean Reno's performance was so genuine, so subtle, so well done that we could buy into the premise of the film without batting an eye!
Mathilda (Natalie Portman) an abused and neglected streetwise 12 year old girl whom loses everything and has no where to turn and finds…
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 find it slightly flawed.
I liked how this was shot, but it had some holes in the plot and often came across as completely unrealistic.
I accidentaly watched the Extended cut and hated it. After having read about it, I really wish I had seen the theatrical version instead.
'This is... from... Mathilda'.
If I had to get a pet dog, and was made to choose which actor I would want the dog to look like, I would choose Jean Reno. I think that’s enough from me.
Such a classic, such a great hero, played by a still fresh Reno. The other cast members are up to it too. Portman is still a kid, but already displays great talent. Love the twin Berettas Reno uses.
Besson camera work is as always so smooth and classic, a pleasure to watch.
This is one of the most acclaimed action films of the 90’s?
Leon the Professional is about a man named Leon who is a professional hitman. When he is not wearing cool-ass shades and killing people, he works part-time making puppy-dog eyes at anything he sees. He lives down the hall from a girl, who has her family killed. He now must train her to be a hitman and become a father to her along the way.
Except that’s not really what happens.
Most of the film is just scenes between Leon and this girl, Matilda, as they bond over familial struggles and stuff. They drink milk and she doesn’t want to drink it, d’awwwww! They have a…
It's kind of strange seeing Natalie Portman as young as she was here in The Professional. Also yet another great villain role played by Gary Oldman
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…