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What's your favorite film by Luc Besson?

haven't seen any
1 (2.8%)
don't like any
1 (2.8%)
other
0 (0%)
Le dernier combat
0 (0%)
Subway
0 (0%)
The Big Blue
1 (2.8%)
La Femme Nikita
0 (0%)
Atlantis
0 (0%)
Leon: The Professional
20 (55.6%)
The Fifth Element
12 (33.3%)
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
0 (0%)
Angel-A
0 (0%)
Arthur and the Invisibles
0 (0%)
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
0 (0%)
Adèle and the Secret of the Mummy
0 (0%)
Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds
0 (0%)
The Lady
0 (0%)
The Family
0 (0%)
Lucy
1 (2.8%)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
0 (0%)
Anna
0 (0%)

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Re: Besson, Luc
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2016, 01:36:04 PM »
1. The Fifth Element (2.5)
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Re: Besson, Luc
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2017, 02:00:43 PM »
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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I have a soft spot for The 5th Element and I expected this to be another example of how low Luc Besson has creatively fallen in recent years, but instead it shows his imagination overflowing once again. Crazy creature designs, bold art direction and outlandish costumes that are right in line with Element. (In other words, I'm recommending it to people who like that film first and probably only.)

The first 45 minutes also re-captures that entertaining sense of adventure and wonder. Sure, this was largely created on a digital stage, but the effects aren't nearly as bad as they looked in the trailer because Besson's artistic flourishes compensate. So much of the first act goes by in a rush, demonstrated by the clever opening scene showing a montage of diplomatic meetings between the evolving human race and increasingly alien species. There are a number of scenes where rooms and new creatures are only used as window dressing but seem worthy of their own film.

Setting the film in such strange lands I think was the seed for Dane DaHaan's performance. He's not a conventional action hero and at first seems terribly miscast, but I soon caught on that he was playing at what an action hero would be hundreds of years in the future, something as nerdy and insecure as he is heroic and rugged. I'm sure this comes off as a defense, but I think DaHaan's a pretty great actor and I think he fits Besson's vision better than most.

Cara Delevingne is a trickier issue, more a movie star than an actor and not somebody who's going to get much direction from Besson. I worried after the opening when she spends the next assignment reading maps while DaHaan does all the action stuff, but then he disappears for awhile and the film becomes about her. Still, it would've been better to keep them together, pulling each other out of scrapes.

The first 45 minutes is the best and there are plenty of lines that grate like some of the dialogue in Avatar. Firing on an enemy ship, DaHaan says, "I don't know where you came from, but I know where I want to send you." There are some annoying creatures too and I don't think all the actors took the film as seriously as they should have. (Looks to Clive Owen suspiciously.) Much will be written about how much this film cost and what a waste of money it was because it died at the box office. I wish more movie money would be spent on particular visions like this rather than star saleries, explosions and soulless effects.
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Re: Besson, Luc
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2017, 11:34:28 AM »
I watched The Fifth Element just last week because I got it on a 4k blu on Black Friday. It's still a super fun movie and really well paced. I liked Lucy a good deal as well, so I'll definitely give this one a watch now that it's available to rent given your first paragraph there and our general copaseticness.
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Re: Besson, Luc
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2017, 12:18:32 PM »
I think De Haan and Delevingne are both good individually... it's when the script asks us to be invested in them as a couple that their performances falter: there's no chemistry there.
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Re: Besson, Luc
« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2017, 02:24:43 PM »
Fifth Element 4k Bluray does sound worth watching. If I ever revisit it that's how I'll have to do it.

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Re: Besson, Luc
« Reply #25 on: December 04, 2017, 02:38:45 PM »
It looked really good. The HDR really made the colors pop, and since it was shot on film it benefits a good deal from the resolution bump. FFC's Dracula is similarly impressive, especially with its reds and shadows.
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Re: Besson, Luc
« Reply #26 on: December 10, 2017, 10:03:02 AM »
Léon: The Professional, 40˚
Lucy, 25˚
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Re: Besson, Luc
« Reply #27 on: December 10, 2017, 06:24:43 PM »
Leon
The Fifth Element
Lucy


Surprised I haven't seen more by him. Valerian looks like it might be fun.

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Re: Besson, Luc
« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2022, 09:23:30 AM »

Anna (2019)

Anyone doing a study on the evolution of the female action hero would have to include this in the discussion. The creator of La Femme Nikita (1990) attempts to go back to Iron Man 2's version of Black Widow, when female empowerment could only be achieved alongside objectification. It's fascinating to see a story that copies a once-successful formula, whose biggest update is a fluid sexual identity - empower/objectify - and a final product that was tossed away when its creator was cancelled. (Besson was accused of sexual misconduct during production of this movie. No charges were filed due to lack of evidence.)

As for the film itself, it's a reasonably entertaining piece of pulp, with Anna making one-shot kills like she's Liam Neeson in Taken. Sasha Luss is competent as the lead, but can't hold her own against Cillian Murphy and Helen Mirren chewing the scenery. Besson doesn't bring the visual style of his earlier work, this never reaches a John Wick level of gloss, but even with its time jumping structure it works better than Atomic Blonde.
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Re: Besson, Luc - Director's Best
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2022, 11:01:51 AM »
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)
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A once-visionary filmmaker trying to keep his studio afloat by making a crowd-pleaser on a budget too small to afford visual delight or "special" effects. Wasn't surprised to learn this is based on a comic book, and while Besson seems to be stealing from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the result is closer to Asterix & Obelix, without fully committing to the silliness of those films.

 

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