My how time flies. Twenty years ago, it was about a year since I had moved out on my own for the first time. There was a great movie theater in Grand Rapids, Studio 28, that showed all kinds of movies, from the blockbusters to quirky little independent pieces. One film I saw was from Luc Besson, a weird little sci-fi movie called The Fifth Element. Visually, the film was unlike anything I had seen. It was almost as if space aliens went to Hollywood and gave them a film for us humans to enjoy. Plus, it introduced the world to Milla Jovovich.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that folks are going to get a chance to see The Fifth Element in theaters again this summer thanks to Fathom Events and Sony Pictures. It will have a 4K restoration which will liven up an already beautiful film. An added bonus will be a special preview of Luc Besson’s new film, Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets.
With theater attendance dwindling thanks to increases in home theater technology, movie theaters have to resort essentially to gimmicks to get people into the theater. Fathom Events has given folks one heck of a reason to head to their local cineplex. Fathom has special events they bring to movie screens, whether it be broadway plays. an opera or two, or most importantly to me, showing classic movies on the big screen again. This year alone, they’re set to bring back Smokey and the Bandit, The Godfather, Saturday Night Fever, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, and the original Bonnie and Clyde.
Some films translate better to the big screen. In the late 90’s, New Line Cinema released a remastered version of Gone With The Wind to theaters. I really wasn’t in seeing it but was convinced to do so. I’m glad I did because that movie on the big screen was amazing to watch.
Luc Besson is an amazing filmmaker. Whether it’s his work behind the camera with The Professional and The Fifth Element or his work as a screenwriter and producer on such films as The Transporter and Taken, he’s able to bring emotion and a sense of humanity to people in some real extreme landscapes. I, for one, am excited to see this in theaters again.
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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly