Kenneth's Review of The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element(1997)
This film is slowly becoming one of those prominent cult classics, those guilty pleasures of the 1990's. While the story is predictable as a lesser episode of classic Star Trek, there is a lot to love here. Willis' frowns are unforgettable; Jovavich's "Multipass" line is legendary; Chris Tucker is, for lack of a better description, a truly bizarre, out of this world, individual. Director Luc Besson has created one of the most visually impressive and original worlds in science fiction, one that presents a future less about technological dazzle and more about our present Western society's silly and pervasive attitudes and customs (metropolitan areas are so congested, taxi cabs must now fly; there are still McDonald's restaurants in the 23rd Century etc....) Costumes, designed by legendary French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, are the most liberal, eye-popping garments I've ever seen in film and this accentuates the film's sassy, and sometimes provocative, tone.