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The Professional aka Leon ( 1994 )
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Stephen DeMay
2020-04-18 22:38:37 UTC
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Story Professional hit man ( Jean Reno ) is saddled with 12 year old ( Natalie Portman ) after her family is wiped out by crooked DEA agents led by Gary Oldman ).
Film is set in Manhattan with a French director which accounts for some scenes with moments of poetic style amid the violence.
Few films hit the bulls eye as frequently as this one. Leafy plant loving Reno is one of the best anti - heroes, Portman shows her star quality as the film goes along, Beethoven fan, pill popping Oldman is the most memorable of crooked cops and the Leon/Mathilda relationship is probably the best adult/child one in any film.
Reno is a singular cleaner, a recent arrival from Italy he has a shabby appearance and old world traditional loyalty to a scummy, duplicitous Little Italy crime boss ( Danny Aiello ). He's not too smart , has a clildlike simplicity but is a master of his craft.
The moment that he is influenced to help Portman is one that he knows he'll probably regret. Excellent momentum and plenty of heart, appreciate the symbolism at the end. 10-/10 growing roots
John Doe
2020-04-19 00:36:49 UTC
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Post by Stephen DeMay
Story Professional hit man ( Jean Reno ) is saddled with 12 year
old ( Natalie Portman ) after her family is wiped out by crooked
DEA agents led by Gary Oldman ). Film is set in Manhattan with a
French director which accounts for some scenes with moments of
poetic style amid the violence.
Few films hit the bulls eye as frequently as this one. Leafy
plant loving Reno is one of the best anti - heroes, Portman shows
her star quality as the film goes along, Beethoven fan, pill
popping Oldman is the most memorable of crooked cops and the
Leon/Mathilda relationship is probably the best adult/child one
in any film.
Reno is a singular cleaner, a recent arrival from Italy he has a
shabby appearance and old world traditional loyalty to a scummy,
duplicitous Little Italy crime boss ( Danny Aiello ). He's not
too smart , has a clildlike simplicity but is a master of his
craft. The moment that he is influenced to help Portman is one
that he knows he'll probably regret. Excellent momentum and plenty
of heart, appreciate the symbolism at the end. 10-/10 growing
roots
It was much a good versus evil thing. Reno's character, a hitman, versus
his saintly treatment of his 12-year-old lolita guest/captive. He did a
great job and/or he was a great pick for that role.
Stephen DeMay
2020-04-19 15:29:23 UTC
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Post by Stephen DeMay
Story Professional hit man ( Jean Reno ) is saddled with 12 year
old ( Natalie Portman ) after her family is wiped out by crooked
DEA agents led by Gary Oldman ). Film is set in Manhattan with a
French director which accounts for some scenes with moments of
poetic style amid the violence.
Few films hit the bulls eye as frequently as this one. Leafy
plant loving Reno is one of the best anti - heroes, Portman shows
her star quality as the film goes along, Beethoven fan, pill
popping Oldman is the most memorable of crooked cops and the
Leon/Mathilda relationship is probably the best adult/child one
in any film.
Reno is a singular cleaner, a recent arrival from Italy he has a
shabby appearance and old world traditional loyalty to a scummy,
duplicitous Little Italy crime boss ( Danny Aiello ). He's not
too smart , has a clildlike simplicity but is a master of his
craft. The moment that he is influenced to help Portman is one
that he knows he'll probably regret. Excellent momentum and plenty
of heart, appreciate the symbolism at the end. 10-/10 growing
roots
It was much a good versus evil thing. Reno's character, a hitman, versus
his saintly treatment of his 12-year-old lolita guest/captive. He did a
great job and/or he was a great pick for that role.
Leon is not in any way evil, Hekills gangsters. Just doing a job. Mathilda is a tough cookie despite being called angel face and sweet heart. She was raised in a tough environment and is foul mouthed ans already sexually savvy. Her sadness for her brother did not last long. There's more good in Leon than in Mathilda. She appreciated what he did for her but you know she'll move on.
John Doe
2020-04-20 01:20:38 UTC
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Post by John Doe
It was much a good versus evil thing. Reno's character, a hitman,
versus his saintly treatment of his 12-year-old lolita
guest/captive. He did a great job and/or he was a great pick for
that role.
Leon is not in any way evil, Hekills gangsters. Just doing a job.
He's a hitman. He kills people. Most human beings consider a killer
to be a bad person. Yes, of course, he has an excuse.

His exceedingly kind treatment of Matilda proves that deep down he's
a good guy, or something like that.

There is an extreme contradiction between being a hitman and being
an outstanding nonfamily adult figure to Mathilde (except for the
fact he's a hitman), especially in that circumstance.

The family versus nonfamily, supposedly good guy (cop) versus
hitman, theme of the movie made it very interesting.

The movie Leon is thoroughly and intensely antiestablishment.
Stephen DeMay
2020-04-20 12:32:29 UTC
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Post by Stephen DeMay
Post by John Doe
It was much a good versus evil thing. Reno's character, a hitman,
versus his saintly treatment of his 12-year-old lolita
guest/captive. He did a great job and/or he was a great pick for
that role.
Leon is not in any way evil, Hekills gangsters. Just doing a job.
He's a hitman. He kills people. Most human beings consider a killer
to be a bad person. Yes, of course, he has an excuse.
His exceedingly kind treatment of Matilda proves that deep down he's
a good guy, or something like that.
There is an extreme contradiction between being a hitman and being
an outstanding nonfamily adult figure to Mathilde (except for the
fact he's a hitman), especially in that circumstance.
The family versus nonfamily, supposedly good guy (cop) versus
hitman, theme of the movie made it very interesting.
The movie Leon is thoroughly and intensely antiestablishment.
Leon is naive ( thinks Tony can be trusted ) and a man child ( not in any way a bad thing ). Mathilda is still young enough to be more of a child than a woman to him while Mathilda's feelings for him are more male/female than avuncular. Mathilda digs what he does...two peas in a pod except the girl is a habitual liar. Oldman is more than a bent cop , he's nutsoid , the film is a good as it is because the three leads are all antisocial.
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