“Léon: The Professional” (1994)

Note: Keep in mind my review is specifically about the 110-minute-long American theatrical cut, not the 133-minute-long International cut, which many consider to be a superior product.

This is a stylistic thriller that’s somewhat elevated by the two central lead characters. The juxtaposition between a child-like adult assassin, and an adult-like child is a dynamic that works rather well. Gary Oldman makes for a terrifying and funny villain almost simultaneously. This is an instance where the film thinks it’s more slick and intelligent than it actually is, but that’s not to say that it’s completely bereft of those elements. There are a few minor story holes, and while most of the action is raw and great, sometimes the editing in the action scenes is a little too jarringly quick. Still, this is an entertaining and compelling story, and is easily one of Luc Besson’s best.

Rating: 4/5

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