Awkward performances and a badly constructed narrative that kills all the presumed twists before they happened, Valerian is the film that became typical from Besson: a brainless entertainment action pack, which in this case, can't make justice to the quality of the source material. It's kind of funny, because if the comics influenced various movies like Star Wars, this adaptation just looks like one more lazy...
Rihanna was a revelation. She came to slay! Cara (btw, didn't know she also sings!) fit perfectly in the role with her modelling-robotic walk and her adorable awkwardness. Hawke made me laugh like never before. Even though the opening sequence is literally out of this world and meeting Mül mindblowing, it took me some time to be completely immersed in the beginning and then felt kinda lost towards the end.
wish it was more of not just super cool visual movie. opening - amazing. effects - wow. costumes, makeup - thumbs up. But the acting was a bit off. the main character - valerian was just not something I wish to follow. had some cute elements, very few good jokes, lots of good production and scenery.
I love how ridiculous this movie is. I don't care if Besson is a pompous, self-serious idiot. I hate white male fragility, which survives entire genocides. I love this film's commitment to that fragility as the film's one true villain. I love the incredibly pat romance, whose flat acting is ripped straight out of a tween TV show. And most of all, I love Rihanna reciting Rimbaud in her cosmically slinky meta-role.
[3D] One of the sweetest opening credit sequences I've seen in a while: a myriad of genders, professions, nationalities, races, ethnic groups and species hold & shake hands while 'Space Oddity' by David Bowie plays along as the space station is being extended (As of now the most moving homage to Bowie - a collaborative genius within the film and music art world). Cara: do caralho. Rihanna: an actress is born. ▽
I wanted to like it more. Normally I'm an unrepentant Besson fan but this was visually engaging more than anything else. Perhaps the title is evidence enough; it could all have been a little more concise. Moreover I don't need to hear "Valerian" umpteen times in a scene with only 2 characters talking.
Most assuredly a fabulous looking, epic disaster. This movie is an eye-popping visual wonder, a delight for the eyes. However, Besson has chosen to tether his bountiful world building to a cringe inducing script full of regressive cliches. Valerian is a jerk and DeHaan throws gasoline on the fire with his snide, creepy performance. Delevingne fares better and gives her unwieldy dialogue the required pep and charm.
I want to live on the seashell planet! Visually stunning and overflowing with ideas, the movie unfortunately drags at the end. Couldn't help but think of how the recent "Star Wars" movies suffer from being too beholden to the original trilogy and not to the original space opera, ten-ideas-a-second style art that originally inspired Lucas and seem to have inspired Besson here.