Léon: The Professional (1994)

DailyView: Day 76, Movie 129

Luc Besson has directed a bunch of great movies such as Lucy, La Femme Nikita, and my personal favorite of his, The Fifth Element. Today for the DailyView, we will be looking at another one of Besson’s thrillers, Léon: The Professional.

Léon: The Professional was the debut of Natalie Portman in the young role of Mathilda, the 12-year old girl whose family is murdered by police officer Stansfield (Gary Oldman) and his staff from the DEA. She escaped from the same fate by hiding out in the neighboring apartment of Léon (Jean Reno), a professional hitman. She convinces him to let her stay with him and teach her the tricks of the trade of being a “cleaner.”

The relationship between Jean Reno and Natalie Portman is so wonderful and just a little bit uncomfortable. This is one of the most intriguing relationships in the movie. Gary Oldman is just wicked as can be here too. Oldman is an amazing actor and he creates a character here that is just horrendous and you cheer for him to get his.

This is a simple story and depends on the skills of its performers to carry it through. It is extremely violent as well, as it does not shy away from showing the viciousness of that life style. Léon is shown as being an example of one of the best hitmen around.

Léon: The Professional is a wonderful film, a story of connections amidst a world of violence and corruption. Jen Reno and Natalie Portman created the most unique pair on the screen ever and Gary Oldman is as evil as you’re ever going to see. There was humor, thrills and excitement throughout.

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