Léon: The Professional

Here’s a little health tip; when watching movies at home, don’t reach for the popcorn, reach for the grapes! Obviously, reach for the popcorn at the cinema. I don’t expect you to walk through those doors and smell the popcorn and not spend $7 on some! Oh, and get Milk Duds, mmmmmm… Milk Duds… at least I think that’s what they’re called.

Léon is an incredible film. I could just leave it at that as I believe that sentence alone could do it justice. But I’m not going to do that. I haven’t stayed up to watch this film not to give it a proper review. It’s a very well made, shot and casted film. I think of the 8 films I’ve watched and reviewed, this is the one [so far] that I beg you to watch. Such a great film that I didn’t even quickly check up on Facebook in the middle of it. it’s the shortest film I’ve watched so far and at 1 hour 49 minutes, it’s the right length as well. You wouldn’t want it any longer or shorter. Sometimes, I watch films and think “nah, they didn’t need that scene” but with this film, I didn’t think that at all. Every scene had a purpose and that makes a great film.

Within the first 10 minutes, you can see why it is called Léon: The Professional. He’s incredibly skilled at what he does. Even though he is a hitman and kills people, you’re impressed by him, not disgusted. Then you see him walk away from the ‘scene of the crime’ and he passes off as just some regular guy in the street. Those are the kind of hitmen that you need to worry about as you can’t spot them from a mile away, unlike some hitmen who in a fancy suit, designer shades and an ear piece. We also see Léon do average man thinks like drink milk, iron his clothes and watches old, classic musicals at the cinema. He clearly lives on his own which makes sense as, as a hitman, you don’t want any personal weaknesses such as loved ones. Though I think Léon would be pretty devastated if you shot his plant. You’ll see why when you watch the film.

There is one thing about this film that if the character were cast any differently, the film would of fallen on flat on its face. You can’t have some cutesie child or the annoying kid. So you hire NATALIE PORTMAN! Mrs Skywalker! She’s perfect in this and I mean perfect. Like I mentioned before, there appear to be two main child roles and if they were in this, it just wouldn’t work. Portman, as Mathilda, not only has the high voice and looks so damn cute, she’s also incredibly mysterious. Well, at the beginning she is, anyways. She acts so fantastically for a 12 year old, you can’t tell its scripted! At all! Portman is just so realistic! She’s definitely gifted. Anyway, back to the character. We see Mathilda in the background as her father and some drug dealers talk which, in my opinion, signifies that she’s always the innocent witness to her father’s wrong-doings. She’s a victim of domestic abuse and abandonment even though she’s part of a family of 5. Though, she feels not part of the family at all, only to her younger brother. There was one line that shows this; her headteacher/principle phones and she pretends to be her ‘mum’, the principle asks where Mathilda and she replies “she’s dead”. This could mean so many things from whether the old Mathilda is dead, her soul is dead or she may as well be dead. It a horrible thought for a 12 year old to have and we all sympathize with her and want to take her home and look after her properly!

Now we have CRAZY GARY OLDMAN! He’s crazy in this so I called him Crazy Gary Oldman. Crazy Gary Oldman is the type of bad guy that puts on this nice-guy persona but its that chilling kind. The kind that makes you totally paranoid and want him to just kill you already. Especially as he likes to torture some one a little bit, with words, before he finally shoots them. I bet there’s been a couple of times when the ‘victim’ was just begging for him to end it all.

I felt that within a few minutes of Léon saving Mathilda, he felt a connection to her. Like he could see a part of himself in her. I think he realized this when she comments that him being a hitman is ‘cool’. Léon doesn’t like this one bit and you can see why as he doesn’t want a vulnerable part to him that his enemies could get to. “I work alone.”

It was a nice change from having a good-guy hitman after having the bad-guy hitman of the previous film, No Country for Old Men. Its refreshing to see different sides to a ‘job’. There is so much more I could say about this movie but 1. It could ruin it for those who haven’t watched it and 2. I don’t think I can word anything that would give the film justice. Its not a film that would make my personal top 10 but its certainly a movie that I would recommend to everyone, hence be doing it here.

“What’s your name?” “Léon.” “Léon? Cute name.” Léon chokes on his milk.



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