45. The Fifth Element (1997)

Date First Watched: Long time ago
Date Last Watched: 3/01/2007
# Viewings: 4+

Once upon a time, this was my favourite film. I’ve not seen it in a long time, but I used to watch it a lot as a kid.

Technically, the film is kind of a mess. The plot is completely unrealistic and it’s inconsistent, random and often cheesy. Yet, somehow it all works. Although it chucks in some random ‘all you need is love’ theme, it really doesn’t have anything going on underneath and is all about the experience. And it’s an awesome experience.

I love the world of the film most of all, it’s quite clearly a dreamt up fantasy with no real foundation of reality, but it doesn’t care. It’s basically a bunch of ‘here’s a cool thing, let’s put it in’. But I love it. It looks good and the effects have aged well. Bruce Willis is a good and likable lead, Gary Oldman is a cool villain, but Milla Jovavich is pretty clearly inexperienced. The romantic side plot is also just weird because Leeloo is very childlike and Korben comes across as a bit of a creeper. Overall though, it’s a well-paced and entertaining action film.

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