I don’t know about you but I am a movie head! I’m mean really…I can quote you every line from the movie “Life” starring Eddie Murphy & Martin Lawrence. Lady : “THESE ARE WHITE ONLY PICS!”. Martin : ‘Well, do you have any NEGRO pies?”. “Eddie : Come on now Claude..where would…(chuckles) where would she get a recipe to something like that? Uhh , how far to the next stop?”. Lady : “35 miiiles”. Martin : “I’m not driving no 35..to get no pi…lady…MAM! We want some food. BILLY, we want some pie!”. Eddie : “Let me take care of this. How much is it gonna’ cost to turn one of those white only pies….inta’ nigga pies?” Lady : “How’s about I turn yaw’ll INTA’ NIGGA PIE?!”. Martin : “So, you say about how far?”. Lady : “35 Miiiles!”. Eddie ” Ain’t know white folks was so serious about pie down here.”. See, that was an accident it just came out. A long with the movie “Next Friday” and the list goes on. I’ve decided that I would bring back some movies for our Keedie’s Corner followers. I have a thing for spotting thought provoking or hilarious movies. So I’m bring to you “Late Night Movies” with Keedie’s Corner.
Today the movie I’m bringing to you is an action packed thriller. I don’t know wether to call it an action movie or a drama being that it has a good mix of both. This movie is starring French actor Jean Reno. Jean plays Leon, a hitman whom works for a Italian boss that doesn’t seem like a “shoot the streets up” kind of boss. More like a God father. A regulator to keep things in order. Leon is quite the killer but on the flip side he is very intriguing. He may be a tad bit mentally held back it it kinda of plays well into him meeting the next character.
Natalie Portman. She plays Mathilda, A troubled 12 year girl old stuck in a family of a low life drug dealer father, a snobby step mom, and a stuck up, snobby step sister. She has a little brother whom she is very attached to, though. She is deftly above her time in this role. She seems to be a 30 year old trapped in a younger body. Natalie blew me away with this one. I mean, you would have thought she was a grown woman with the way she killed this role perfectly. One thing I can say is that if the actor/actress doesn’t act well it’s hard for me to follow the film. It sticks out like a sore thumb. I enjoy films where the actors is so great that I believe I’m watching a true or live story. Natalie definitely did that for me.
To top it all off when have this incredible performance from Gary Oldman. He did so good that one would actually stop liking him as a person because you think the character he is playing was really him. Yes, that good. He plays a crooked cop that is, quite frankly, insane. He has a strange love for classical music and some kind of pill that he takes right before he goes on a rampage. You would just have to watch this guy in action to see exactly what I am talking about.
The Good & The Bad
The great thing about this film is that everyone captured their roles perfectly. They either make you love them or hate them. The film has great “back against the wall” twist. Just when you think one thing is going to happen, something amazing unfolds. Also the character arcs are amazing. Even though Gary Oldman was quite unpredictable. even his arch was great. You grown with the characters and thats is part of what helps you get zoned in when you watch a movie.
The only uncomfortable part was that the 12 year old girl creates a strange relationship with an older man and it almost shuffles your concentration. But it doesn’t go over the edge so it is watchable.
All-in-All, this movie defiantly made my top 20 movie list along with : Men of Honor, Antwone Fisher, Se7en, Fight Club, Training Day, I am Legend, Life, Book of Eli, Identity, Tsostie (independent film), Shawshank Redemption, Next Friday and Fresh just to name a few. You can check the movie out below. Hope you enjoy!
Bruce Walton – Keedie’s Corner.