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.
I remember watching this film countless times as a kid. Returning to it now after experiencing many of the best films cinema has to offer, it is still as good as i remember it. If that isn't a compliment i don't know what is. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves this is why we started watching films in the first place: the fun.