Retro Play: The Fifth Element
Some of you Geekly peeps out there will probably cheer when you see that title. The Fifth Element is a movie from the late 90’s that combined silly antics, colorful characters and powerful ideas. It has become a classic in the science fiction realm.
It starts its narrative in “Egypt, 1914.” Things get interesting when the scientists collect four stones. These stones, it is discovered, are symbols for the four elements that make up our world.
Aliens come in and take the stones away. Not too long after, the movie shows us the futuristic New York in 23rd century. The colorful, gritty nature of the city seems to be pulled straight from the comic book, creating a funky dystopian environment.
From here, things get complicated on a galactic scale as our hero Bruce Willis crosses paths with the mysterious but charmingly quirky Leeloo.
What makes The Fifth Element worth watching and rewatching is its world. The characters and the worlds that are presented shouldn’t work as well as they do because they’re so ludicrous. But it does work. It works very well.
The movie is filled with memorable moments that will have you laughing. Other scenes will just leave you in nerdy awe, like the famous opera scene. The title of aria is “Il dolce suono” from the opera “Lucia di Lammermoor.” It’s sung by the fan favorite alien performer Diva Plavalaguna.
It starts out like any other opera, with powerful vocals and a stirring orchestral introduction, but like most of the movie, things get beautifully ludicrous as the opera’s orchestra and vocals are merged with digital/techno beats. The blend melts something that’s classic with something that is modern.
To make matters even more awesome, Leeloo is shown kicking some ass during the entire performance and she finishes just as the song meets it crescendo.
One of the more endearing parts of the movie comes from the end in which we discover what the fifth element is. But for that, you’ll have to watch the movie to find out.
And for those who haven’t seen it in a while, get on it, immediately!