movie: the fifth element

Why You Should Love "The Fifth Element"

Here are reasons why you should love my favorite sci-fi movie of all time.

  • It’s fucking funny.
  • The music.
  • The costumes.
  • The world is unique and interesting to look at.
  • The story is simple and fun.
  • Multipass.

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. 
  • Gary Oldman.

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."