Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional) created a very odd movie. If I had to pin down the genre of The Family, I would say it is an oddball dramady action-gangster movie. When you think its a comedy it throws some sort of brutal, guilty-pleasure violence at you, and when you think it is trying to say something poetic, it throws comedy in your face. In addition, the film struggles to visually represent certain feelings and moments due to unclear camerawork and a plethora of sloppy-fast-paced rack focuses.
Basically, Besson made a story about a mafia boss (Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook), his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer, Stardust), daughter (Dianna Agron, Glee) and son (John D’Leo, Wanderlust), who are placed under witness protection in a small town in France. They have been on the run for a long time because of their inability to stay low in the places FBI agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln) sends them.
I think I may have fallen in love with Agron all over again because of her character in the film. Besson crafted her character to specifically call out the stereotypical ways the French and boys in general try and take advantage of women. Agron does not put up with it though, and that is awesome! In addition, the whole movie also addresses the fact that the French people are not the nicest people to foreigners (especially Americans).
However, the greatest thing about the movie may be one of its biggest flaws: when the credits roll, 30% of the conflict has not even been resolved. This movie really does show us Besson’s talent an transparency with his background; he just wanted to ahve a little fun.
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief