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Double Viking tells us why Real Men Love The Fifth Element and I couldn’t agree more. There was so much to like about that film that reading this article makes me want to pull out the DVD and watch it again. Read the article…it’s quite funny. (“Bruce Willis never gets knocked out, by anyone, ever. To see him get cold-cocked by f***ing Bilbo, of all people, is hysterical.”)

While Double Viking calls out individual characters (though inexplicably leaving out blue alien chick), I often note how every single character is just so over the top good. Whether through mannerisms, goofiness, appearance or inspired performance, there’s not a speaking character in the whole movie who isn’t notable.

I’m thinking this movie would go great with my HD TV. The BlueRay DVD came out this week but unfortunately I do not have a BlueRay player. I’m still pining over the special edition release from 2005. I thought Comcast was showing this in HD this month but it doesn’t appear on my Guide. Stupid guide. Maybe I need a “Mooltipass”.

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14 Comments on Mooltipass

  1. Love, love, love that movie.

  2. And there are a few coincidental similarities in the two films:

  3. An insanely overrated piece of garbage. Cannot stand this film. But that’s just my opinion. 😀

  4. That was a fantastic read from Double Viking and he hits that movie spot on. It still remains one of those films that will draw me in if I even catch a couple minutes of it on reruns on TNT. The whole monologue about the ZF1 was great and still sticks with me today. Sure there is the Galil has a bottle opener, but the ZF1 one can make ice!!! Sweet…

  5. Matt, obviously you do not understand the subtle nuances of superior film making. Speaking of Blade Runner, that movie has seriously skewed people’s idea of what is cool. 😉

  6. I loved THE FIFTH ELEMENT. What a great set of characters! It was over the top, funny, and immensely entertaining.

  7. Funny enough, considering the edition I had inferior, I ordered the “Ultimate Edition” a couple of days ago.

    Some of the science in the movie is absolutely silly, but the movie is tons of fun.

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  8. It is a pretty slick movie, even though the basic premises are somewhat dated by now. With the looming energy crisis, we now know there won’t be any anti-gravity devices that can hold a Chinese food boat up in the air long enough for a customer to make a purchase and exchange friendly playful banter the owner – any time soon. Nor are we going to colonize the galaxy any time soon, either. Also some people get annoyed by the non-stop camera movement, a cinematographic equivalent of an observer with shifty eyes. Plus, the piece is campy.

    Apart from that, it’s a very entertaining fable, and some of the acting is surprisingly top-notch. Gary Oldman steals most of the show, as usual. Bruce Willis is his usual adorable self. Mila Javovich is cute. Some of the jokes are pretty funny.

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  9. Trivia alert: The blue alien chick, aka diva Plavalaguna, was Maïwenn Le Besco. She was the director’s fiance at the time of filming and had a daughter with him.

  10. This was a great movie! I’m not sure why almost everyone I know didn’t like it, thought it was cheesy, etc… It’s up there, fo sho.

  11. It’s on TNT at 8:00 p.m. (EST) tonight ( 7/20/07), if anyone’s interested.

  12. Sweet! Hopefully its on TNT HD channel. (Although commercials are teh suck.) Thanks, Cheryl! 😀

  13. Looks like TNT switched it to next friday ( 7/27 ) at 8:00 p.m. EST, for some

    reason. ( I had done a search on when I first posted, but it was

    changed sometime this afternoon.) Sorry about the misinformation.

  14. PapayaSF // July 21, 2007 at 4:53 pm //

    It’s one of the few movies I’ve ever seen twice in the theater. Lots of cribbing from other sf films, but still lots of fun. I particularly loved the shot of all the lifeboats leaving Fhloston Paradise: that’s the sort of thing I want to see in an sf film!

    There were some annoying bits, of course. Why does Leeloo show up with a several-weeks-old hair-dye job? Sorry, a “perfect being” shouldn’t have visible “roots”!

    And in the original release of the film, when the tall opera singer comes on stage, you could hear the scraping of what sounded like big wooden platform shoes against the stage. I remember thinking that a silent glide would have been more appropriately alien. The last time I saw it on TV, they seemed to have fixed that bit.

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