22 October 2007

Léon

Last night I watched Léon (aka the Professional). It's funny, because I had just added that movie to my netflix list since I haven't seen it in a long time, and then pow! It's on one of these movie channels that we have a free preview of this week, and then bam! It just happened to be starting at the exact moment I discovered it was on. That never happens. Usually you are surfing through the channels and realize something you wanted to watch is like, almost over. The timing was perfect, so i put down Bram Stoker's Dracula (another Gary Oldman movie that I was thinking about watching since I just purchased it from the Halloween rack at WalMart), and settled in for Leon.

Léon never ceases to amaze me. It's directed by Luc Besson, director of La femme Nikita and The Fifth Element. You've got Gary Oldman doing what he does best, playing a psycho crazy bad guy. You've got Jean Reno, who is terrific as Léon, the professional hitman who takes in a young girl, Mathida (played by Natalie Portman) after her deadbeat father and family are murdered by bad guy Gary Oldman and his crew.

The relationship between Mathida and Leon is touching, (ok, that sounds cheesy as hell, but fuck if it's not true), and Nathalie Portman is just amazing in this movie. She's does such a good job with the material, and it's just so impressive because she must have been like, 13 when this movie was made.

I'm always impressed with good child actors, maybe it's because bad child actors can really ruin a film, completely take you out of the story. I think we could all list a few, but the good ones are like, few and far between. Peace out.

2 comments:

  1. gloria9:10 PM

    I heard from someone that in the European release of that movie, there are scenes that more than imply that Mathilda and Leon were sexually active with one another.
    Can you confirm or deny these reports?

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  2. that is more of a question for caldoni, master of all trivia. i bet that guy would just school anybody at trivial pursuit. anyway this is what is says on imdb, which is not always necessarily accurate but here it is...

    The original script had more scenes with "awkward sexual tension" between Matilda and Leon. These scenes were later cut out for the American release dubbed "The Professional", but were included in the 1996 European release, as well as in the deleted scenes of the special edition DVD.

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