Leon the Professional, 1994
Signed up the 30/03/2017
"You've given me a taste for life. I wanna be happy. Sleep in a bed, have roots. And you'll never be alone again, Mathilda."
Leon the Professional is an action drama film directed by legendary film director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita, Valerian, Joan of Arc, Lucy & Taken). The film stars a Jean Reno, Danny Aiello, Gary Oldman & a break out debut from a young Natalie Portman. The cinematography was handled by Thierry Arbogast & the musical score by Eric Sarra.
The film follows the lives of two individuals from completely different walks of life living in the same apartment building. First there’s Matilda Lando a troubled young girl from a toxic household filled with abuse & apathy. Matilda detests most of her family except her little brother & longs for a form of escape from her sorrowful young life. Then we have Leon Montana an Italian hitman or “Cleaner” who works for the local New York Mob boss Tony. When Leon doesn’t have any targets to take out he spends his spare time taking care of his beloved house plant & watching old movies at the cinema. On one fateful day Matilda’s entire is ambushed & assassinated by gangsters lead by a psychotic corrupt cop Norman Stansfield which forces Matilda to seek refuge at the home of her mysterious neighbor Leon. Leon reluctantly takes her into his care & after initially refusing Matilda’s requests to teach her how to be a Cleaner, he eventually gives in to helping her learn all the skills she will need in order to avenge her family.
I really loved this movie because of the “young girl & world weary old man” dynamic which is a surprisingly good combination when it comes to making amazing films (just look at Logan). This odd pair really bring out the best in each other in often very comical & very emotional ways as Matilda’s childish innocence slowly begins to soften the demeanor of the old assassin. Matilda & Leon’s bond is truly a beautiful thing to behold as their affection for each other grows with each passing day. Also I was truly blown away by little Natalie Portman’s breakout performance as Matilda is truly wondrous to behold showing why she has lasted in this industry for so long with that raw acting talent she possesses. One more reason why this film is so good is the fact that Luc Besson’s action films always feel way more natural & realistic with slick, simplistic & stylish visuals as opposed to most generic big blockbuster action flicks which is why they have a sort of timeless feel to them.
Leon the Professional is a stylish action drama with lots of well-crafted action scenes & even more amazing moments of emotion brought about by the powerful bond that Matilda & Leon share. This is definitely my favorite film from the legendary auteur Monsieur Besson & I do implore you all to please watch this beautifully crafted cult classic.
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