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Friday, February 22, 2008

The Fifth Element, Yeats, and the Second Coming

Who would have thunk it?

The Fifth Element campy send-up of the save-the-world genre is closet poetics, putting on the heavy overcoat of W.B. Yeats' darkly prophetic poem, "The Second Coming." No dry, existential propaganda piece, The Fifth Element galumps its way through a world gone techno-crazy 300 years in our future and gives us Bruce Willis at his rough-hewn, tough guy with soft interior best. Ex-military cab driver, Willis picks up a fare that drops in out of the sky and turns out to be the Spiritus Mundi, the element of spirit that carries all memory and activates earth, fire, water, and air.

The race against time to save the world from the slouching beast, the dark expanding mass that proceeds toward earth to swallow up all life forever is peopled with comic-pop characters both good and evil that bring life and laughter to the sci/fi formula.

I had no intention of watching this movie, but my insightful critic friend insisted, and I am richer for it.

Watch this! It's fun.

1 comment:

Analicia said...

The Fifth Element has got to be one of my favorite movies ever! It has everything, action, sci-fi, comedy, and a love story. Beautiful movie that I would recommend to anyone.