February 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm #447012
My problem with M.Besson is extremely simple:The guy has skills, the guy has style & he even directed 5 or 6 movies I actually really like, think La femme Nikita, The professional (my favorite performance of gary Oldman ever) & The Lady.
His animated trilogy of “Arthur & the minimoys” are extremely undereated in my opinion, it’s very sweet, there’s a good story & it’s very well directed.
Finaly I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve watched “The fifth element” more than 15 times at the very least. This movie must be the most disfonctional blockbuster ever made but i find it so funny, passionate & creative at the same time that I completely forgive besson for his very bad screenplay.
I think he his a very talented director but the only problems I find with his movies are always in the screenplay.
So what do you really think of him? Do you agree? Do you consider him as a great director with a couple of hit or miss or just a bad director?
Now that Martin Scorsese signed on as an executive Producer on “Malavita”, did it became an award contender? Is “Malavita” a movie a movie you can’t wait to watch?
Please share.February 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm #447014
What do I really think of Luc Bessen? Here’s a guy who’s been working for decades. To be honest, I think his ex girlfriend put him on the radar with audiences. He’s directed and written some of my personal, ‘guilty’ favorites. I think he’s more ‘proven’ as a writer than as a director, and that is a stretch saying so. Still, I enjoy many of his efforts.
But unlike many, I really didnt care for The Professional. I couldnt get past this grown man training a little girl to follow in his footsteps. But I agree that Gary Oldman, is terrific.
Like you, I’ve watched The Fifth Element so many times, I’ve lost track. Infinitely enjoyable imo, and I have no issue with the screenplay at all. Then there’s the Transporter films he’s written. Were it not for the lead in these, I wouldnt watch them more than once.
I wish him well and I think people enjoy working with him. He’s diverse and his casting choices are varied and without prejudice. I wont call him a hack because he’s written or directed some very entertaining films.
As for Malavita, you betcha I’ll be watching that one. The cast is remarkable, and they clearly have no compunctions about working with him.February 16, 2013 at 9:44 pm #447015
Thanks for your opinion. Yeah The Fifth Element is cult IMO even I find the screenplay a little bit “childish”.
You’re right on Malavita’s cast, it is very impressive but the Besson/Scorsese’s colaboration is really what excite me the most at this point.
TBH I don’t agree with you when you say that he has more proven himself as a writer than as a director. He made some very intresting & impressive sequences in his movies.
His coordonate sequence with the blue singer in The fifth element is simply unforgetable for example. He is very skilled with action sequences. The thing I definitely like the most in his screenplay is his great sens of humour but I always have trouble with the story which generaly always lacks of structure and a little bit of originality.February 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm #447016
Yes! That “blue singer” calls herself Maiwenn. She is absolutely incredible as the diva! A stellar moment when she sings, that is.
She is in Haute Tension btw. an Alexandre Aja film
What I meant by his being more ‘proven’ as a writer is that, he’s written more than he’s directed.February 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm #447017
True. He is credited as a writer in more than 70 movies! So I get your point. BTW I love her singing sequence too, it’s very crative.February 20, 2013 at 10:23 am #447018
Well, I hope he stays true to his vision. His films dont make a lot of money overall, which matters not to me. According to B.O. Mojo, they average around 26 million (adjusted), Fifth Element not withstanding. If any of his films do start becoming box office gold, I’m begging him right now not to turn into Michael Bay.February 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm #447019
I hope not because I know Besson is not exactly an autor but he is a good storyteller & his movies have a lot more heart than any of Bay’s latest movies which is something I like very much about a filmaker, kind of like Chris Nolan or Spielberg.
Of course I don’t know if he is as talented as Nolan or Spielberg but I see a lot of similitude in their work notably with Nolan, you know the emblematic villains, the big action sequences coordonated (known today as Nolan-esque) which amplified a lot the suspense and certainly not every filmaker can pull it of decently), a great sense of reality, great music & most of all they both try to make their own cinema.
Nolan is more psychological while Besson is maybe more physical and brutal. Also Besson’s stories usually runs a little bit more slowly, which is something very French with their long sequences & sunsets or whatever they show you to slow down the scene, At the end they tell totaly different stories but with similitude in the execution.
It make me think of J.J Abrams, everybody says he’s the closest thing to Spielberg but I disagree. I cried like a freaking baby when I watched E.T or Shindler’s list, even A.I Artificial Intelligence (I know I’m way too sensitive) but the thing is none of Abrams’ movies have that sensibility which is the reason why everybody love Spielberg’s movies. He is an honest filmaker & in my opinion so is Besson. Of course Abrams is a way better director than Michael bay but they both don’t have this honesty in their movies.
Honestly Bay has become a filmaker for 15 years old teenagers & impressionable young adults, if you ask me.