I love Jean Reno movies. I’ve always had a bit of a thing for French actors, and Jean Reno is one of my favorites. He’s one of those really versatile actors who can excel whether he’s playing a mob assassin or a comical medieval count. He’s made some strange movies – haven’t they all – but he’s also played some brilliant roles that he has really made his own. Take a perusal at some of my favorite Jean Reno movies.
(Contains no spoilers)
1. Les Visiteurs
I always think labeling a movie as a comedy is a pretty dangerous thing to do, because we all have such a different and individual sense of humor. I want a comedy to generate real laughter, not just some lukewarm smiles because it is mildly amusing. This is why Les Visiteurs is absolutely, in my opinion, the very best of the Jean Reno movies. Based on a simple time travel tale, where characters are displaced from one century to another – in this case from the 12th to the 20th - Les Visiteurs makes me howl! It’s a classic combination of slapstick, visual and verbal comedy and totally brilliant. If you can understand French then do watch it in the original version, otherwise, the subtitles do a pretty good job of not losing anything in translation. (There’s a Les Visiteurs 2 and a 3rd has also been recently announced - yippee).