Rarely has more money been spent for such a middling return. Like all Besson films, this one looks great but the script is weak to the point of disaster. Motivations are thin to indiscernible, the dialog is unremarkable at best, and the leads have absolutely no chemistry at all.
So Starship Troopers proved we could all get behind "fascist camp", but are you hip enough for UTOPIC CAMP? Its like the queer relative of Star Wars, and not afraid to accuse that film of war crimes. Big, OTT, delightfully psych, that it's not interested in sticking to a point will upset some, for others the detour into RiRi's drag act will BE the point. No one seems confused this should've been called Laureline.
12 year old Luc Besson is just enjoying himself so much that he forgot a bit about the audience. I get it, the FX and visuals are really cool, but other than that, this feels like a straight to dvd spin of to "Avatar 5 - Maybe $omeday This'll End". It is amazing how bland everyone is here (I was expecting the good ol'goofy bad, but not this).
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.