Thoughts on Stuff: Leon: The Professional and Mathilda: The Amateur
Léon: The Professional () was a controversial film at the time of its the relationship between Léon and Mathilda is more complicated. Haven't you ever been a camp counselor before or anything? A lot has been said about the Leon's relationship with Mathilda, and how weird. Today I watched the film, Leon: The Professional. ever seen on screen, the odd couple that the film is centered around, Leon and Mathilda. .. And going to the plant she planted to talk to León for advice about everything, correcting people.
However I would prefer if AM himself could further outline what he means rather than me put inaccurate words in his mouth. Please don't take any of the above as his opinion, other than the direct quotes in the first post.
Anyway, to clarify what I mean, I'm sure there are people out there who've jacked off to that film because of Natalie Portman. I do not share their attraction to her character in that film but they're entirely within their rights to choke the chicken any way they please, provided they don't involve a real child in that fantasy.
That's the law where I live US and that's the way it should be imo: That's freedom, which is what I thought the US was all about. If we're talking about banning, or otherwise restricting films whose content might be deemed to be attractive to pedophiles then I would have to strongly disagree.
Pedophilia and the film "Leon" (AKA "The Professional").
Firstly it's an outrageous breach of a filmmaker's freedom of speech; secondly it's a stupid idea because I'm pretty certain that pedophiles get hard over depictions of children in completely non-sexual situations, which means you'd basically have to ban all depicitions of legal minors in any format, which would obviously be crazy. And as for suggesting that those who would "defend" films like "Leon," which might very well inflame the passions of pedophiles, are hinting that they are pedophiles themselves, the only sensible reply is: Edgar Alan Pooh Tribus: Punching people in the face is asking for it.
May 26, Posted: Wed May 22, What it is spent on is character development, and this film has two of the richest characters ever seen on screen, the odd couple that the film is centered around, Leon and Mathilda. Right from the beginning of the film, you can empathize with these characters. A large part of that is due to the acting. Natalie Portman, who has been brilliant in some recent films, hasn't ever touched this performance, which is so natural and perfect, the line between character and actor is completely obliterated, you can't even imagine that this isn't a real person walking around.
The first time I saw Mathilda, I thought wow, that looks like a miniature version of her now, but once she starts acting, you forget that this is Natalie Portman of Star Wars, it becomes Mathilda, hitgirl.
On a similar note, I don't know what Jean Reno is like in real life, but I couldn't imagine him being any different from Leon. He completely inhabits the role, and brings such an innocence to it, that you can't help but feel for the character. It's paradoxical because he is someone who kills for a living, but Reno makes you understand the humanity of the character from the very first scene. The movie theater scene sets out a lot of what's to come, as you watch this guy we previously knew only as a hardened killer get completely entranced by Gene Kelly dancing on the screen.
While they're both great characters on their own, it's in their relationship with each other that they become truly special. The scene where Mathilda is standing at the door, knocking, begging Leon to let her in always gets to me, to the point where I want to yell at Leon to open the door.
20 years later, "Léon: The Professional" is still one of Luc Besson's best - The Spread
The scene turns any viewer into stereotypical black female moviegoer, yelling at the characters on the screen, and that's because it's so well made.
The stakes of the scene are clear, Leon has a very particular existence, one that he would forever destroy should he let Mathilda in, and yet, he also knows that to not let her would mean she would die.
His humanity prevails, and thus begins the gradual humanization of the killer, Leon. Mathilda begging him at the door is such a powerful image, and a brilliant piece of acting from Natalie Portman.
Great Scene: “Léon: The Professional”
Similarly, Reno's very subtle facial expressions convey to us everything that's going through his head. Another scene I have to make note of is the pig scene, where Leon puts on a show with his oven mitt for Mathilda. He's so goofy, and sincere in his hope to make her feel better. Basically any scene between the two of them is brilliant. The two characters are perfectly designed counterparts. Leon is old, but child like, while Mathilda is young, yet much more knowledgeable about the world.
Pedophilia and the film "Leon" (AKA "The Professional"). - Ars Technica OpenForum
They form a perfect match, and just watching the two of them interact is riveting. The ambiguity of the relationship is what provides most of the tension in the second half. Once Mathilda tells Leon she loves him, he clearly begins to question what exactly their relationship is, and how far he can go with her. He wants to distance himself, but though he can't admit it until the end, he loves her too. The question one could ponder forever is, does that love go beyond concern and into the romantic arena?
I would say no, I think Leon's moral code is so strict, and he so naive, that he would never even see her in a sexual way, and that's why her assertion that she loves him is so disconcerting. He had never considered that element of their relationship, and it makes relations more strained between the two of them in the second half. One really frustrating scene for me, another 'stereotypical black female moviegoer' moment is when Mathilda tells the hotel clerk that Leon is her lover.
How could she do that to Leon? It frustrates me so much, because I don't want to see him put in that situation. Just the fact that the movie can get me so worked up makes me know it's a great film. A lot of directors will create these arbitrary attempts to bring tension to events, but Besson knows that it's better to just let it develop out of character interactions. There's no artificially imposed problems that create action scenes, everything comes out of the actions of Mathilda and Leon.
The scene in which Mathilda and Leon sleep together but not in that way is really beautiful. It says so much about how he's changed that he allows himself the comfort to let down his guard and just be happy for once.