Day 32. The Fifth Element (1997). Directed by Luc Besson.

The Fifth Element (1997) score: 58%

I normally appreciate a cartoonish and childish vibe, however The Fifth Element is boring and cheap-looking. Even when Chris Tucker’s character Ruby is performing highly rhythmic and symbolic oral sex, I was still uninterested (and a little irritated for some reason).

But the outlandish performances are occasionally fun, and the costume design (by Jean-Paul Gaultier) is fascinating. BUT the script is inefficient and the plot wanders about frustratingly freely (maybe because Besson wrote it as a means of escape when he was in high school).

One day I’ll finish it without falling asleep, though I may need some coffee beforehand.


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