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Leon

  • 15-11-2020 9:05pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 13,359 ✭✭✭✭ gimli2112


    so few drinks and it suddenly occured to me I should watch this

    let me speak to our mutal friend
    he wants to talk to you
    yes?
    make sure he understands. then let him go
    do you understand
    *terrified nods*
    so say it
    sss I understand


    besson's greatest movie
    France's greatest movie
    best French thing ever


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,116 ✭✭✭ Melanchthon


    Don't watch the Directors Cut, ups the levels of subtle creepiness to a much higher level while still not really engaging in a meaningful way with it so it becomes a uncomfortable watch.


  • Registered Users Posts: 610 ✭✭✭ return guide


    gimli2112 wrote: »
    so few drinks and it suddenly occured to me I should watch this

    let me speak to our mutal friend
    he wants to talk to you
    yes?
    make sure he understands. then let him go
    do you understand
    *terrified nods*
    so say it
    sss I understand


    besson's greatest movie
    France's greatest movie
    best French thing ever


    Still watch it every now and again - one of my favourites, slightly eclipsed by Midnight Run (mainly for DeNiro's bad language)


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,359 ✭✭✭✭ gimli2112


    the relationship between the child and Leon was potentially uncomfortable imo but ultimately not, as there was no sexual interest on his part.
    He's someone with huge issues, unbeliveably lonely. His life is what is is but when she enters it, it flips him.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Watched this a couple of years ago again - didn't think that it held up that well and not just because of the revisionist child sexualisation element.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,698 ✭✭✭ enricoh


    One of my fave films, not a fan of the director's cut though!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,359 ✭✭✭✭ gimli2112


    it's interesting you say that Glasso, I'm watching it now and thing it holds up tremendously well I think, the music, the way it's shot. It's fantastic.
    If I look at some of the movies made at the time they look horribly dated, not this. The 90s has some gems and this is one, imo


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    I thought that the girl's family were really paper-thin as characters when viewing it again. wasn't even believable that she came from that family.

    and Oldman was a little over the top also I thought. too much of a caricature. he could have been more menacing without the extreme end of the cartoon aspects imo.

    re the cinematography - would agree yes that does not suffer in terms of dating like a lot of 90's movies have.


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 25,535 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Dades


    glasso wrote: »
    and Oldman was a little over the top also I thought. too much of a caricature. he could have been more menacing without the extreme end of the cartoon aspects imo.
    He's one of the great movie cop villains! Wouldn't change a thing he does. Subtlety is overrated.


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,620 ✭✭✭✭ 2smiggy


    the first few user reviews on IMDB are, errrr, a touch creepy !!

    link


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    must be the pedo's mainstream film of choice alright.

    they are out in force on the imdb review section for Leon.

    another review from imdb

    ffs.
    Time for Leon To Return

    zaabgssu9 February 2020
    We need a follow-up to the original and intriguing story of an assassin who takes a young girl under his wings and she ends up providing him with emotional support. I love action movies where people are not thrown a parsec into the air, land and are good to go.

    In the follow-up Mathilda has given Leon a boy and a girl and only one of them is following Leon's path.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 31,998 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    Don't watch the Directors Cut, ups the levels of subtle creepiness to a much higher level while still not really engaging in a meaningful way with it so it becomes a uncomfortable watch.

    There's some bits in the directors cut that don't include any extra creepyness and IMO should have remained in the movie.

    This for example:



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,998 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    2smiggy wrote: »
    the first few user reviews on IMDB are, errrr, a touch creepy !!

    link

    Jaysus :eek:


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,207 ✭✭✭ p to the e


    I was surprised to find out a few weeks ago that Luc Besson met his second wife (Maïwenn Le Besco) when she was 12 and he was 29 and they started officially dating when she was 15. They married and had a child together when she was 16. Le Bosco claims that their relationship inspired "Léon". When she was 20 he left her for the 22 year old Milla Jovovich whom he met during filming "The Fifth Element" which his wife was also in.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,853 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Well now, there's a movie I won't be able to watch with the same eyes again. Yuck. Oldman's scenery chewing remains eternal though...



  • Registered Users Posts: 596 ✭✭✭ bigar


    gimli2112 wrote: »
    Besson's greatest movie

    Definitely
    France's greatest movie

    That would be Le Samourai


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,206 ✭✭✭ Did you smash it


    There’s a lot of suspension of belief that a narco squad can go into an apartment without a warrant, slaughter a family including a toddler, shooting a mother in a bath, a teenage girl in the back with only one weapon found at the scene and for a minor drug seizure (that I’m not even sure they declare as evidence) since it’s their own drugs they are dealing) and the cops are allowed to go about their business and not be put in handcuffs.

    Good movie, not a great movie.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,359 ✭✭✭✭ gimli2112


    it's like terminator 2 would have been a great movie but for the suspension of belief
    c+


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