Friday, June 26, 2009

The Professional

The Professional is a 1994 French film (English language) directed by Luc Besson and starring Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman. The Younger Son has a shorter cut and the international cut of this film and showed me the shorter version.

I tend to talk to movie characters as I watch them, and the last thing I said to Matilda was, "No! Don't put the plant there. It'll die there." Movie characters never listen to me.


Roger Ebert doesn't like it. The New York Times says that "Even in a finale of extravagant violence, it manages to be maudlin." Variety says,
Besson delivers a naive fairy tale splattered with blood. Mix of cynicism and sentiment will ring hollow to cine-literate sophisticates but may play well to the gallery.

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