Fathom Events: “The Fifth Element” Review

Fathom Events: The Fifth Element Review

There’s something magical about the cinematic experience, whether it is a new film just released or seeing an older well-loved film on the big screen again. Fathom Events captures these moments by giving audiences the chance to rejoice in seeing their favorites back on the big screen. For everyone in the theater, this was likely at least their second time seeing Fifth Element, but for me, it was my first. My excitement for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets directed by Luc Besson is what brought me to The Fifth Element. As a lover of sci-fi films, it was incredible that I hadn’t seen TheFifth Element and certainly wanted to rectify that before being Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets this summer.

Before the screening of The Fifth Element, there were little trivia questions about the film that played. It was fun to see how into it the audience got and to hear their little stories of their experiences seeing this film. It made me even more excited. As advertised, the film was accompanied by an exclusive look into Valerian and an interview with Luc Besson talking about the making of The Fifth Element and Valerian. 

The Fifth Element did not disappoint. Despite the fact that it is 20 years old, the film is just as engaging and exciting as I would have expected 20 years ago. The characters were fun, dynamic, and exciting, and the actors gave great performances. Bruce Willis was great as Korben Dallas. Milla Jovovich as Leeloo was the perfect casting choice, and she was mesmerizing on screen. Chris Tucker was outlandish and insanely entertaining as Ruby Rhod. I could not believe that Zorg was Gary Oldman, but he was incredibly terrifying, which was spectacular.  The social commentary embedded in the film feels relevant, maybe even more so today. While you would expect special effects for sci-fi films to age terribly, it wasn’t nearly as terrible as one would expect. It was actually quite good. What was really amazing to see and hear was the musical compositions in the film. The scene when Diva Plavalaguna was singing, coordinated with the action scenes, the music and visuals just worked so well together to create a truly stunning cinematic moment. It honestly left me breathless at the end. The Fifth Element certainly stands the test of time and has easily become my favorite sci-fi film,  making my excitement for the July release of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets even greater.

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