Here are reasons why you should love my favorite sci-fi movie of all time.
It’s fucking funny.
The world is unique and interesting to look at.
The story is simple and fun.
Here are more reasons:
Our hero is genuinely kind-hearted and non-judgmental, only giving people a hard time who’ve done so to him in the past, or who irritate him.
The most effeminate, emasculated character in the movie is an unquestioned sex symbol.
We are given a kick-ass female character who isn’t presented as some emotionless, back stabbing black sheep. (not a mark against Black Widow - I love Nat to death, but you don’t HAVE to be hard to be a hard ass)
The two most important characters - Leeloo and the diva - are women.
Only when the female character - someone who throughout the movie had been labeled as a weapon, a thing, a possession of man kind - is acknowledged as a person with vulnerabilities and deserving of love is the world saved.
People of color are absolutely littered throughout the movie.
When the “perfect being” is revealed to be a woman, nothing about her responsibilities or respect from Vito changes.
On the surface, the women of FE are dressed in Play Boy style uniforms. As it continues, female characters - even in the background, start to become less like props and more grounded, fully fleshed characters.
Here are some reasons not to like it.
It’s just not your thing.
The president is a bad actor and probably has no actual name other than “Mr. President."