Long before Besson directed the monster bomb 'Valerian' he ripped off elements of the long running comic series and incorporated them into this much more satisfying sci-fi film. Blending futuristic action with satire and sarcasm 'The Fifth Element' is good fun and a good source of eye candy in both effects and casting. Many memorable moments throughout. Oldman's blend of Russ Perot and Bugs Bunny is classic.
It's easy to dismiss this as just a guilty pleasure. But I do think it is a good creation, well achieved in all the aspects that make a good sci-fi movie. Visually brilliant, with outrageously fun, original and surprising costume design by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Good plot with mystic elements that are now so trendy. And a messianic alien, not meant to cause havoc and apocalipse, which makes it hopeful, romantic, sweet.
Fun and undemanding sci-fi. Not as reminiscent of contemporary Hollywood popcorn fayre as it is of the meticulous bureaucratic world of Gilliam's "Brazil", albeit as a scaled-down vision of dystopia, with Harry Tuttle as the hero.
I didn't freak over The Fifth Element when I saw it in '97 and a 2nd viewing in '14 didn't help. Chris Tucker still annoyed the piss out of me even if the rest of the humor was well-placed. Very cartoonish, feeling like a Gilliam knock off at points. Willis was okay but Gary Oldman stole the show. A scene between them would've been nice. Not perfect but the second you start nitpicking it you may as well shut it off.