Fifth Element

Year Released: 1997
Main Stars: Bruce WillisMilla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Chris Tucker.
Last watched: December 2017
Review Date: November 2011
Number Watches: 5+


“Big badda boom”

Have you ever been able to eat your favourite sweets again and again and again and… you get the picture. This is like that. It’s such a corny, over the top space pantomime that it really, really works!

I first saw it in the movies and liked it in the same way I like some chairs in Ikea; nice and they’d be ok in the house but I don’t get turned on by them.

Then I kept watching it without wanting to – on TV, then a download I didn’t ask for, then at someone elses house then on TV a number of times. There was no time I ever thought about not watching it. That is abso-bleeding-lutely incredible. It’s not a great film on the level of story and sometimes it even falls down a bit – Gary’s character isnt perfect for me to buy into – but it’s amazingly edible.

Let’s talk about quality of production. Obviously the outfits and set design are European influenced and also quite wonderful. Acting is spot on and even the small people in the background seem to have a wonderful comic timing. Bruce is excellent with full squinty mouth grin but Milla is in the zone. Very impressive show from being a non actress. Ian and Chris are also huge characters here and perhaps that’s what I like, the size of everything. The aliens are all big and chunky, the vehicles are big and chunky and the plot is so minimal that it’s been stretched to be big and chunky as well.

What I am trying to say is that you might not get it the first time around but you’ll get to like it if, like me, you really enjoy ott films such as Life of Brian or even Star Wars where the scenes are really sketches tied together with lots of running.

UPDATE: December 2017 : Still good. I’d maybe bring the number of times you can see it down to about ten. First parts with Bruce and Milla are excellently cute and Milla’s expressions and acting in general are so wonderful it’s like she was born to be a star. The big pay-off is the track played over the credits. Honestly, it feels Arabic and different and as good-feel as the movie itself.

Keep DVD?
Yes. This would be one of those I could easily learn the words to. (Really? Nerd.)
Watch if on TV?
Have watched this every time I knew it was on, expect to continue to do so.
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Big badda Marry. Yes, Love, Leeloo, Love is good.



About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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