Directed By: Luc Beeson
Written By: Luc Beeson
I mentioned this movie to a couple of friends of mine, people whose opinions I respect, and they turned their noses up at it. I told both of them that they were crazy and I was telling the world they had no taste in movies. While I can understand some criticisms of this movie I think no matter what anybody could say about it that it is still awesome. I have even gone as far as to call this my favorite Bruce Willis film and that’s putting it ahead of a lot of great movies. Watching it now I find that it is only reaffirmed as my favorite Bruce Willis movie, he is great as Korben Dallas. I think this movie is an interesting science fiction movie that manages to be both exciting and funny. It has a few great actors giving outstanding performances and great use of music. I will argue on behalf of this movie with anybody that doesn’t like it and encourage them to give it another chance.
This was a family favorite in my house growing up in the late 90s and that will always make it a little bit more special to me. With some of those movies, I watch them now and see that they simply reflect my immaturity at the time but not this one. Every time I watch this movie I am amazed at how much I still love it. I am not a fan of most of Luc Beeson‘s work, I think Taken was one of the dumbest movies ever made. Nevertheless it has a sequel coming out sometime soon that will no doubt be equally as stupid. Despite my opinion of Beeson he did do an outstanding job with this movie. Even going as far as to create an entire language for Leeloo to speak in the movie. He and Milla Jovovich would actually write each other letters in that language to learn it better. This movie is a Bruce Willis vehicle though and he does an excellent job. As Korben Dallas he is cool, funny, and badass all in one. This movie came off the heels of his latest installment of the Die Hard franchise in Die Hard with a Vengeance and it only built his status as a mega action star. Milla Jovovich got her first starring role in this movie and immediately fan boys all over the world went wild. I have never been a big fan of hers but I do think she was awesome in this movie and she looked great with the orange hair. Gary Oldman was absolutely incredible as the bad guy Zorg. That voice that he uses is so peculiar and he talks with the confidence and authority that comes with his position. Oldman has always been a very diverse actor and I think it is performances like this that prove that. One of the greatest roles in this film was without doubt the role of Ruby Rhod and Chris Tucker delivered his finest performance with it. I think the movie was funny in general but Tucker brought a lot of comedy into the picture as well, he is very funny in this one. There was a great supporting cast behind these actors as well including Ian Holm, Luke Perry, and Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister of all people playing the President.
I am not usually a fan of science fiction movies set this far into the future. I think most of what we see in the movies is impractical and so much of it just looks silly. We have no idea what the world will be like in the future and too many movies make the mistake of trying to predict what it will look like. For example, 2015 is a mere three years away and we have no possibility on the horizon of the hover boards or flying cars we saw in Back to the Future II. This movie is set like 200 years in the future, I think, and it does have a somewhat interesting idea of what the world will look like then. For the most part this movie does look a bit silly when it comes to some of the costume design (obviously not Leeloo’s outfit) and ideas about the future. I have always been curious about how one actually hails a flying taxi cab, unless they all just dive right in like Leeloo did.
I have read before that Luc Beeson said the fifth element is never said to be but is intended to be sex. That Milla Jovovich was preferct for the part because of her sexual dynamic. Earth, wind, fire, water, and ….sex, well it works for me I suppose. I think more than anything this is just a really fun movie to watch. There is a lot to like about it but nevertheless there are haters out there, like my two friends who totally suck. I think this is a movie that anybody would like and I think if you didn’t like it the first time it is worth a second chance. Willis, Jovovich, Oldman, and Tucker are all so good in this movie that their performances need to be watched. I think this movie is worth your time and I would recommend it to anyone.
I really enjoy this film every time we watch it. This is one of those movies Ryan made me watch a good handful of times, adding to that the amount of times he stopped to watch it on television. This movie is fun and has good ol’ Bruce acting his badass self. I love Bruce Willis and I think the chick that played the fifth element was accurate. I love the fiery “Agent Orange” colored hair. This movie is strange and fun, and is a definite movie that you should watch. It is interesting and out there and gives a look at an alternate or future Earth.
NEXT MOVIE: Fight Club (1999)