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Friday, August 02, 2019

Fifth Element

Ever had a really bad week? I mean a week where by Friday night you're dragging and wanting to do nothing but curl up in bed, watch a movie that will take you into an escape world that will make you forget all your problems?

My wife and I found such a movie. For years whenever we've decided both of us have had a meatgrinder week and need to escape and forget; all either one of has had to say was, "Big Badda Boom."
We pop some popcorn, snuggle under the covers and watch The Fifth Element.
There's just something about the universe this movie displays. It has technology galore with flying cars crisscrossed in layers from the ground to the stratosphere. Aliens helping an ancient evil intent on destroying all life. A super rich guy, superbly played by Gary Oldman. An ex-military guy (Bruce Willis) turned cab driver; divorced, living in a dump and out of nowhere a woman drops through the roof of his cab. All he can understand of her gibberish is, "Boom, big badda boom."
The woman is Leeloo (Milla Jovavich), she's the fifth element sent to Earth to stop the ultimate evil. It gets crazy from there.
Chris Tucker plays a DJ named Ruby Rodd, and when he's broadcasting is non stop jabber. I wanted to stuff his mouth with a dirty sock by the end of the movie the first time I saw it. Now he's the funniest part of the movie.
There's one scene where a Diva is singing she's about ten feet tall and blue with tentacles for hair, but has the most amazing voice and in one spot she runs the scale from deep bass to high soprano effortlessly. Amazing.
This did the trick for us for many long years before we retired. Now we're not under the weekly stress of having to put up with nit-wit administrators and passive aggressive students for me and for her a weekly deadline to put out a paper when she was the assistant editor--the movie is now something we enjoy about once a year just of the hell of it.


Berthold Gambrel said...

I'll have to check this out--sounds like my kind of flick.

P M Prescott said...

Wow, that was quick. You got in before I edited it. You'll love it Berthold.

Michael Mock said...

It's a really great movie - one of my go-to laundry-sorting movies, because I can watch it and thoroughly enjoy it without feeling like I have to keep my eyes on the screen the whole time so I don't miss something. (Evolution is another one of those movies for me.)

Echo Ishii said...

I love this movie!
The Diva is the best. I wanted to make a costume based on the character.

P M Prescott said...

Yes, Michael, after you've seen it a few times just listening to it you know what's going on.

P M Prescott said...

Echo, that would be a great costume. I've always wanted a great coat with silk shirt like in the play and movie 1776. complete with tri-corner hat and brass tipped cane.