Léon the Professional – Movie Review

Léon the Professional is currently rated at #37 in the IMDB top rated movies list, and I have just gotten around to seeing it (what kind of film buff am I?). Directed by Frenchman Luc Besson, it’s thematically presages his famous lady-assassin film La Femme Nikita (although made after that film). Natalie Portman, in her first starring role, is at 12 the most self-assured pre-pubescent actress in the history of film making. She is formidable. She plays an orphan who latches onto Leon the Professional (hitman) (played by Spanish-French actor Jean Reno) out of desperation. The pair develop a touching relationship – there are not many films where a father/daughter relationship is so beautifully developed. Both leads are fantastic, and Gary Oldman adds manic drug-addled crazy gusto goodness as a crooked DEA cop.

Grade: A for great acting, beautiful film making, and an unconventional love story


April 10, 2008 - Posted by | Film |


  1. I’ve always liked this movie. Often times when I see a movie I recast it with other actors who I think would be better suited for the roles, this one I cannot think of better choices to play the characters.

    Comment by LMO | April 15, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi Leslie! Agreed, the casting here is top-notch, all 3 leads. Cheers!

    Comment by bloviatrix | April 15, 2008 | Reply

  3. Yes, definitely one of the top movies ever. A bit heavy on the violence, of course. I like what you said about Natalie Portman. She was a unique acting prodigy at 12.

    Comment by dochly | April 19, 2008 | Reply

  4. wery good!

    Comment by saeedeh mohammadzadeh | February 16, 2009 | Reply

  5. I could not agree with you more. My favorite move… still hoping besson does a sequel entitled Matilda. I feel the story should not end there… even though I realize no sequel could live up to my expectations…never the less. Leon is an amazing movie. Great review.

    Comment by Cisco | April 22, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Cisco – Thanks for your comment. A sequel to “The Professional” would be wonderful. The last film I saw with Jean Reno was The Da Vinci Code, which I thought was an erratic mess. Maybe he could appear in a sequel to Professional in flashbacks or as a ghostly spiritual guide, a quasi Obi-Wan Kenobi :-).

      Comment by bloviatrix | April 22, 2009 | Reply

    • Just read a review/blurb on another site ( that said Columbiana began as a Besson idea for the sequel.

      I also liked Wasabi, another film involving Jean Reno and Besson.

      Comment by Steven | August 27, 2011 | Reply

      • Oh yes, Columbiana, the new Zoe Saldana revenge flick – shall probably see that at some point. Which reminds me, I still haven’t seen La Femme Nikita yet, been meaning to.

        Comment by bloviatrix | August 27, 2011

  6. i like Léon :X:X

    Comment by Léon the Professional | August 14, 2009 | Reply

  7. This is the most Beautifull movie i have ever seen,simply Stunning!

    Comment by Adrian,ireland | May 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Agreed, a great film! Thanks for your comment.

      Comment by bloviatrix | May 5, 2010 | Reply

  8. It’s a very good movie. The best of Luc Besson and the amazing Natalie Portman in her long journey to the Oscar.

    Comment by Helder | March 22, 2011 | Reply

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