Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Fifth Element (1997)

Directed by Luc Besson

Starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm

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A combination of Bladerunner on pastels and Star Wars. Definitely visual. The music is cool but overpowering at times. The fact that this is science fiction (linked to reality) and not fantasy is what helps make it amazing, unlike Star Wars.

The whole premise of love as the fifth element is kinda cool. The moment of the kiss and the destruction of the evil planet was fantastic. But it could have been really cool if it all would have been taken seriously. It starts off pretty good, but then it starts to go downhill, becoming more of a slapstick, in-your-face comedy as it goes on. The intelligent comedy is nice, but the slapstick is a big mistake. Amazingly Cameron-esque concerns (war, nukes, value of human life, human nature=self-destruction) within the story.

Willis is OK, but not as witty as he was in Die Hard. And he’s really out of shape. Gross. Milla is really good. Very sexy, very cool hair, very appealing somehow. She has that same kind of exotic and magnetic cuteness that Portman had in The Professional. Was that language of hers scripted or ad libbed? Amazing. What’s with Oldman’s white trash accent? Sounded like a Mike Judge creation. Tucker and his obnoxious character have no place in this film. Interesting choice for the president. If the US will really elect a president like that (a pawn, doesn’t take his job seriously, can’t speak proper English), then that means that American society will be in big trouble. The robot aliens are really cool and eerie somehow. The other ones are kinda dumb. They look too much like stock monsters, like those you’d pull out of a children’s “Scary Monsters” book.

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