“The Family” Review: Who Doesn’t Like Poking Some Fun at the French?

"The Family" Review: Who Doesn't Like Poking Some Fun at the French?

De Niro steals the show. Is he the best gangster actor of all time?

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.


Personally: 7/10

Critically: 6/10

By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief


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A few years ago I founded the companies Mile High Movie Reviews, LLC and Mile High Pictures, LLC and have decided that it is time to let it go and move to bigger and better horizons. I have always been about taking the next step, and that is why you are here. I am now the founder, CEO, Producer and Editor-in-Chief of Vlizz Entertainment and hope to lead a very talented staff to success. I’ve been passionate about film ever since I saw Peter Jackson’s “The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001) and have found a love for the creativity and the business behind the industry. I am a double major in Accounting and Film Studies and Production at the University of Denver (DU) and am applying for my MBA. I will also be working towards getting my CPA license in the next few years. I have been involved in the online entertainment journalism industry since August 2010 and am excited for how social media is paving its future. My goal is to redefine the film and entertainment industry by combining my cinematic creative passion with an extensive knowledge of business, finance and most importantly accounting.

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2 Comments on ““The Family” Review: Who Doesn’t Like Poking Some Fun at the French?”

  1. November 27, 2013 at 10:06 PM #

    “The Family” Review: Who Doesn’t Like Poking Some Fun at the French? | VLIZZ
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  2. Glo
    September 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM #

    I am a Robert DeNiro fan. So this movie spunds like it mite be worth seeing.

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