MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#47 of 48) – Leon: The Professional (1994) – Encore Review


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #47 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this on video not long after it came out and was amazed by not only the action scenes but the way that they form such a great connection between the two characters.

“When it’s tough like this, you know it’s gonna be ugly. Better make it quick, or else you will be here all day listening to his crap.” – Leon

Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (video in 1995, cable, DVD, 11 Feb 2015 and 31 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A talented, yet socially inept hit-man forms a connection with a young girl after he saves her life.

My Take on it – Superb film that is able to keep things so interesting from start to finish. The characters are developed really well and the chemistry between the two main characters is so powerful and poignant. The story plays out really well and we get to see a complex crime thriller from a very strange and unique perspective. The dialogue is also great and we get to see how the connections between all of these characters work so well in telling such an entertaining story.  Most of Besson’s films up until this point were more epic in scope, but this characters study works so well here because of the way things are set up.  The actions scenes are equally great and allow us to feel the suspense and tension of a taut crime thriller like this one.  Jean Reno and Natalie Portman are both superb here and each show how great they can be as actors with these great roles. Gary Oldman is superbly cast as the villain here and plays his character in such a fun and erratic way that shows a man living on the edge. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In a 2014 Playboy interview, Gary Oldman said his screaming of the now iconic line ‘Bring me everyone!’ was improvised to make director Luc Besson laugh “in previous takes, I’d just gone, “Bring me everyone,” in a regular voice. But then I cued the sound guy to slip off his headphones, and I shouted as loud as I could.” The yelled take is the one used in the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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