“Is life always this hard, or is it just when you're a kid?” “Always like this.”
Welcome to Harbour Highlights, a series of cult and classic films handpicked by the Harbour Lights staff.
This month we bring Luc Besson’s classic 1994 thriller Leon back where it belongs – on the big screen. A stylish, violent and witty action film, Leon stood out in part thanks to the three lead characters being perfectly matched with the actors who played them: Jean Reno, making his English-language breakthrough as the cool, stylish – but all too human – title character, Gary Oldman’s gloriously over-the-top turn as the unhinged and corrupt Drug Enforcement agent Norman Stansfield and a 12 year old Natalie Portman making her film debut as the bereaved but vengeful Mathilda.
A hit on release, the film has only grown in stature in the nearly thirty years since it was unleashed, with Stansfield often ranked as one of the greatest villains in film history and the film voted in a 2021 poll of critics, directors and stunt actors as one of the greatest action films of all time.