Lèon: The Professional (1994)

Pros
  • Natalie Portman is an acting all-star, even at the age of 13 she is incredible
  • Strong emotional connection between a middle-aged hit-man and a young, orphaned girl
  • Gary Oldman as a complete lunatic, one of his best roles of his career
  • Start with the sniper, end with a knife
  • "EVERYONE"
  • Very little special effects
  • Sad to see a little girl put through so much and turn to a hitman for love and care
  • Compelling 3rd act, things get wild and exciting when they try to get the hitman out of his tiny, little apartment
  • Cute/funny scenes of the two playing together and building their relationship
  • Leon is one of the greatest assassins in movie history, not some jacked karate master, just a normal looking man with skills and emotion
  • Great soundtrack, nice and 'cold'
  • Matilda's chaotic mentality and constantly wanting to be a 'cleaner'
  • Director has a great sense of style, this is Luc Besson's best film

Cons
  • Some might find it a tad too slow in the 2nd act (where all the character development takes place)
  • Why would his boss rat him out?

Score: 9/10

1994 was a strong year for movies (Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption), this movie, however, is the best of 1994. Stylish, emotional, action-packed, creepy, Leon: The Professional is a very well rounded movie. The connection between the hitman and Matilda rings true and the action is realistic and exciting. Not to mention a phenomenal performance from Gary Oldman as the drug addict, DEA boss.

Léon: The Professional (1994) on IMDb

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