Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Fifth Element – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fifth Element was a story Luc Besson came up with when he was child to escape from reality. During his teenage years he had added more and more ideas to his story and it became this epic sci-fi adventure, totalling 400 pages. During the mid-90s he wanted to translate this to the big screen but his story needed to be reduced to feature film length and with the help of Hollywood screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, he made it possible to put onto the silver screen.
The Fifth Element is a movie fondly remembered for its crazy visuals and wacky humour. It was a great success at the time but did polarize many critics. Some loved it and some hated it. its very much has that European sensibility to it which did turn off many American viewers.
It’s film I got asked a lot to review a lot and I felt it was finally time to focus my efforts on this late 90s classic!