April 24, 2005

Léon

Léon poster

I don’t really know what to say about Léon. I really loved watching it; Luc Besson directed this to absolute perfection. The acting’s also great; Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman are all wonderful.

Léon is a professional hitman, the best of the best. But his life takes a turn when his neighbours are killed, and he takes in their daughter, Mathilda. The 12 year old girl then wants to learn how to be a professional. There are corrupt cops, hitmen, drug lords, and other shady characters throughout the movie. No seemingly good guys around.

Only the slight sexual tension among the two felt a little weird, and it probably was meant to. The scenes where Léon teaches Mathilda his trade are absolute gold.

The music is great, I read somewhere the Luc Besson has the same guy do the soundtracks of all his movies. The script is also great, I’m trying to get my hands on a transcript of the movie or something. One of the best moments in the movie goes something like this —

Mathilda: Is life always this hard, or is it just when you’re a kid?
Léon: Always like this.

There is no sugar–coating in this movie. It’s going into my favourites list.

Anyone interested can check out the movie’s trailers.

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