I enjoy writing large essays on really complicated films, however they take too damn long. So I’ve decided to write some more quick and spontaneous reviews to get my opinion out there quick and to the point. Keep in mind that I rate films based on if they speak to me on a personal level or not. Five stars means that my level of my enjoyment has maxed out, and not that it’s the most well made film ever. Let me know what you think of this format before I write a lot of these and no one cares for it. The long essays will still get made… …eventually. We’ll start this out right.
Leon the Professional (1994)
Writer/Director: Luc Besson
Concept: 10 Love story between a Hitman and a 12 year old girl who trains to be a contract killer.
Reminiscent Films: Harold and Maude meets Bonnie and Clyde
Film’s trademark feel: Heavy yet wonderful. Insane… but fun! Inhuman but childish. Awkwardly endearing.
Acting: 10 Natlie Portman. Jean Reno. Gary Oldman. Their best roles. The casting couldn’t be more perfect.
Sets: 8 As interesting and tasteful for a story about a hit man hiding in the apartments of NY can be.
Cinematography: 9 Every shot captures the performances magnificently. That’s it’s focus. There’s a few interesting ideas to film the action sequences too. The mood is never lost.
Screenplay: 9 Interesting event after interesting event. Never dull.
Dialog: 8 Nothing wrong here. Not the most ambitious lines technically, but the subject matter and the acting will fool you into thinking they’re a 10.
Costumes: 10 So simple yet so much taste and style.
Musical Score: 7 Great mood, but you won’t remember the melodies.
Controversy: If sex is taken out of a relationship, is it wrong to love people romantically of any varying age?
But the film leaves you hanging!: That’s the idea. The movie leaves you wanting more. The alternative outcomes would have been boring, typical, and unrealistic. I’d never change it.
Target Audience: Eccentric badasses with a nurturing dynamic. Misfits, oddballs, rebels, outcasts, vigilantes, and dysfunctional folk. People who didn’t have a chance to grow up. People who had to grow up too quickly.
How this film speaks to me personally: Growing up, I myself very strongly relate with both Leon and Matilda. I first watched “The Professional” when I was Matilda’s age. In their world they had become the bad guys; society’s grains of sand. They are unwanted by their families, so the insignificance of their emotional needs is what shapes these characters into extremists. There are many cool bad ass fictional characters in film, but few are portrayed this realistically or have this much heart.