[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 haven't given out a 5 star review in a long time but damn this movie deserves it. A+ acting and plot direction. I mean, I called out the ending at least 10 minutes into the movie but it wasn't disappointing to find out that it ended up that way.
Gary Oldman is FANTASTIC. He is a freaking PSYCHO. And I love it.
Natalie Portman's character made me cringe at points ("he's my lover" HOW ABOUT WE DON'T. But I get the significance. Many young kids fall in love with adults who protect them and seem mysterious) but she was on point. ✌
Last but not least, we come to Jean Reno. Love it, love him, love everything. I want…
Leon: The Professional isn't quite sure what film it wants to be. It's a romance, crime drama, character study, study of the relationships between adults and minors, and about growing up. It tries to juggle all of these genres and themes together, and while none of them exactly work in my opinion, I can applaud director Luc Besson for at least being ambitious and TRYING to make something special.
A lot of people love this film, and I honestly can't blame them. The film didn't exactly work for me, but I can get the appeal. The action is superb, and Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman both deliver outstanding performances.
This film could have been one of my favorites if it had been a little more focused on the things that make it unique. Then again, maybe this film is so unique because of it's wide range. I'm not quite sure. I'll have to rewatch it some day.
In my opinion, this is easily one of the greatest films ever made. For a young actress with practically no experience in the film industry, Natalie Portman killed it in this film along with Gary Oldman having by far the best performance of his career. Everything about this film is great and I think it is is an absolute masterpiece.
One of my biggest complaints on action movies today is that I just don't care about the characters, but this film really focuses on its characters. This film is carried through with amazing performances. Jean Reno shows a very innocent nature outside of his work which compliments Natalie Portman's very gruff, straight to the point character. And while these two performances are very natural and great, they pale in comparison to Gary Oldman's terrifyingly captivating performance of a corrupt cop. He is the definition of a good villain. While the scenes between Reno and Portman are enjoyable to watch, you will be waiting for more Gary Oldman.
This film tends to focus more on the relationship between Reno and Portman's characters rather than the action scenes, which leads to a pretty heartfelt story, though mildly uncomfortable at times. It's an enjoyable watch for a nice stay at home evening.
One of the best of Luck Besson's stellar cannon of drama/action flicks. If you love action movies, it gets better than this as Quentin Tarantino showed us with Pulp Fiction, and John McTiernan showed us with Die Hard, but not by much, and not often.
24fps Film Club | Screening 1
MIT Institute of Design, Pune
Leon is bad-ass. He's old and is growing up. Mathilda is bad-ass too. But she's grown up and getting older. This emotional imbalance in the characters leads to a crackling account of protégé-buddy romance. There is so much to root for. The ending, though leaving a bitter-sweet feeling on the mind, is a very memorable one, especially for the way it handled something so fragile with cinematic intensity. The fragility being the romance between the leads.
The film stands out in making something so linear look deeper than it is. There are references to Italian mafia families, Bonnie and Clyde, Transformers (I suspect if that was in any way…
I liked it. Although I don't know why I watch revenge style films only around midnight. And Gary Oldman was spectacular.
One of the best crime movies I've ever seen...
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