Because we are going to see Despicable Me 3 tomorrow, I felt I needed to step away from the cartoon genre…
Synopsis: A hit man befriends, and takes in to his life, a 12-year old orphan, and trains her as his apprentice
Leon is, essentially, a French art-house film that successfully muscles in on Hollywood turf.
A couple of the components for this Luc Besson vehicle are, in themselves, quite excellent.
The outstanding Eric Serra score, coupled with very contrasting performances from Besson regulars, Gary Oldman and Jean Reno, are just two components that lift this film above the average.
The characterisation is juxtapositional.
Reno, as the plant-obsessed, Gene Kelly-fan hitman is an interesting study.
Gary Oldman chews the scenery up as the drug-taking gangster who has nothing else to give us.
Nothing else to give us, apart from being a pivotal mechanism of wryness in the way the film is fashioned.
The script is a deft construction painted in humour, with a light finish of wit and irony.
Leon has the potential to shun style and go straight for the softer parts of the human audience, and yet it doesn’t.
The film plays on the burgeoning relationship between Jean Reno and the young Natalie Portman, whilst at the same time surprising the audience, through a couple of deft misdirections.
Leon is a clever film, but because of the genre, and the art-house feel, I wonder if it will ever get the audience it truly deserves.