Leon - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
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English language thriller from Luc Besson, the director of 'Nikita'. Gary Oldman plays Norman Stansfield, a psychotic government official whose actions provide the catalyst for murder on the New York streets. When a young girl named Mathilda (Natalie Portman) witnesses her family being gunned down by Oldman's team of corrupt cops, she teams up with lone hitman Leon (Jean Reno) to take revenge. Portman made her movie debut with this film.
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To say it was written and shot within 90 days is remarkable. They were waiting for Bruce Willis to be free before they could start shooting 5th Element. The crew and equipment were going to go to waste so Besson shot Leon.
The story and direction is very good however the film shines because of the high level of acting talent.
Oldman certainly, Reno definitely, Portman is just remarkable though. She was 12!!! the depth she brings to Mathilda is breathtaking.
Damaged, precocious, world weary but still just a child. Stunning and probably one of the best child actor performances ever.
The "Lolita" scene that some people find disturbing (and was taken out of the American edit because audiences started awkwardly giggling through it) shows just how damaged Mathilda is. Russo plays, and had planned to play, Leon as a slightly slow minded and an emotionally repressed character who had been hurt by a past love. He adopts Matilda and never saw her as a sexual partner and rejects any notion she has of such a relationship. The sexual undertones and tension comes from a disturbed and abused Mathilda.
If you want to see the first film appearance of the Leon character then get your hands on Besson's "La Femme Nikita". The character is called Victor the cleaner in it. Besson felt the role was under utilised so hence Leon: The Professional
Watched after more than 20 years, Leon not only confirms its perfect casting choices (Reno became a symbol of French cinema and in general of silent, detached noir hero, while Natalie Portman simply became...Natalie Portman) but still a dramatic, almost tragic yet poetic and romantic spirit, that grow stronger the more violence and action take hold, underlining the contrast between the evil of the world and the ideal small intimate world where the two characters try to hide from the real one. Leon is realistic and lyrical at the same time, injecting a personal and original touch in an otherwise revenge story.
It was so moving and engrossing from start to finish and there is something very real and not at all sugarcoated about it.
Yes there is the whole Lolita type of theme that is definitely pushed by the director but not anything inappropriate, in my opinion just a girl in love, I say love because that's how it so clearly felt to her and you just get swept away with it. Luc Besson is great at portraying this tragic or forbidden romance through a child's eyes. It felt realistic to me and really sweet actually, bittersweet. A must watch.
And those who think its inappropriate need to remember that Mathilda grew up in a very adult world ...and try not to have such dirty minds
Would have given it a full 5 stars but the quality of the Bluray is not very good, not sure if it was shot in a poor way or the conversion is to blame but its a little disappointing. Buy, watch, enjoy!! (If a little speckly!)
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