The Fifth Element (1997)

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“Chicken…good!”

This is still a line that I quote on a regular basis (especially when I have some good tasting chicken) and this movie has its fair share of quotable quotes.  “Big Bada Boom,” “Leeloo Dallas Multipass,” “Anyone else want to negotiate,” and “I am a meat Popsicle.”

Luc Besson’s classic futuristic sci-fi action/comedy, The Fifth Element, is one of the great underrated films of the past 20 + years.  Bruce Willis stars as Korben Dallas and Milla Jovovich stars as Leeloo, the Fifth Element, the Ultimate Being and these two look to be having so much fun with the out-of-this-world (literally) premise.

The ultimate evil is returning to destroy the earth and the stones that are needed for the Fifth Element to stop evil are a hot property.  Being pursued by Leeloo, the Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm), the evil and greedy Zorg (Gary Oldman), Korben Dallas winds up smack dab in the middle of all the chaos.

The characters of this movie are as “Super green” memorable as you are ever going to find.  Gary Oldman’s Zorg is as epic of a villain as you could get.  Tiny Listen plays the President.  Chris Tucker steals every scene he is in as Ruby Rhod.

Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg, as played by the incomparable Gary Oldman, is one of the great sci-fi villains of all-time.  He elevates what could have been nothing more than cheese to brilliance.  Zorg is both humorous and sinister at the same time.  He is both a buffoon and a terror.  It is a top notch performance by one of our greatest character actors.

This is always in consideration as one of Bruce Willis’s best films.  It is certainly different than any other film he made.  He had great chemistry with Milla Jovovich and you believed that they fell in love during this adventure.

The scene with the Diva Plavalaguna and her song is one of the best scenes in a film with great scenes throughout.  Her opera song is beautiful and mesmerizing.  The character design is as wonderful as the rest of the film.  So much originality and it shines though.

The Fifth Element is one of my favorite films ever.  I was a huge fan of Bruce Willis at that time in his career and this is a classic.

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