"This film is a great example as why I devote all my time to films"
WHO IN THE FUCK WANTED THE TITLE CHANGED FROM 'LEON' TO 'THE PROFESSIONAL'?!?!? STUPID MORONS!Also. I would like to comment on the fact that the quote on the front of the US release says 'Makes Speed look like a trip to grandma's house'. WHAT THE FUCK? This film isn't in the same genre as speed and mores the point, SPEED WAS SHITE.
I am here to review LEON (I will not tolerate the other title).
This is probably the most moving, heart pounding, beautiful film of modern times. Jean Reno (YES!) is Leon, a cleaner/hitman (a continuation of his character from La Femme Nikita). Gary Oldman (YES!) is the corrupt police seargent, Norman Stansfield. Natalie Portman is Mathilda (So beautiful in her debut yet so so young...) who wants Leon to kill Seargent for killing her parents. Thats all I shall tell you.
It combines true moments of encapsulated beauty on film, it has depth and is not pretentious, it does not have any cheese in it. Even Danny Ailello offers a fantastic performance as Tony, Leon's Employer.
This film is ... I cant find the words, except... beautiful. I loved this film SO much. But I must say try to see the director's cut which is 20 minutes extra. (It make the film better in that it delves into characterization a bit more - The Japenese DVD is best for this, as it is the only version without subtitles and in English, and the transfer is breathtaking)
Eric Serra adds another dimension (as usual) by making a fucking spectacular score. (Kudos to the BEST musician in the business, Fuck off John Barry, Ennio Morricone and all you other overrated arses).
Luc Besson is one of the most consistent ingenius directors EVER. I cannot fault any of his films (even 'The Fifth Element') He will always be a genius in my mind because, this film (and all his others) really moved me (Well 'The Fifth Element' is the only one that didn't move me, but I loved it).
Even if you cannot get the Director's cut.. SEE IT ANYWAY.. IT IS STILL A STUNNING FILM!This film is a great example as why I devote all my time to films.