Reviewed byyesterdayman2002Vote: 8/10/10
What if the Star Wars prequels had been handed over to a betterdirector? What if The Force Awakens and Rogue One had aimed at beingoriginal and fun science fantasy films rather than just playing onpeople's nostalgia?
This is what I found myself seeing as I was watching Valerian. A filmthat made Space Opera's fun and exciting again.
I was surprised by the two leads. The trailers made it feel like we'dbe seeing a rehash of the two main leads from Ender's Game but I wassurprised at how fun and spunky (and flawed) the two characters were towatch. The romance was not there and it did not need to be therebecause this film is not a romance nor centered around a romance.
This film is Luc Besson taking what people loved about the FifthElement and stretching it to the entire movie.
And yes, it is true, it is visually the prettiest movie since Avatar.The kids I took with me to see this film had their eyes on the screenthe whole time, no bathroom break, no water break, just a visuallymesmerizing film that never tired its audience.
My recommendation is to go see it on the bring screen to experience themarvel of it. It's a shame it is not available in IMAX.
Reviewed byRadu_AVote: 8/10/10
The Hollywood line-up this year doesn't provide anything remotelyinteresting. So don't let a shaky story-line, unnecessary dialogue andslightly hammy acting dissuade you from watching the most stunningvisuals since "Avatar".
Based on 60s French cult comic series "Valerian & Laureline" - mysteryto me why didn't they keep that title -, the magnificent openingsequence sets the tone for a more esoteric approach to Sci-Fi than"Star Wars". I won't let on about the story too much so as not to ruinany element of surprise. Let's just say they really should have lostthe romantic chitchat. It makes the film drag at inconvenient times.With real writers, this could have become a classic.
The draw is the eye candy and there's plenty of it. Again I cannot ingood conscience divulge any details. Again let's just say that one getstreated to the most creative use of lemons in the history of film. I'llhave to watch it again to catch all the pop art references. Aliens werenever more beautiful, more sophisticated, more varied. And while theRihanna scene cannot compete with the opera scene in "5th Element",it's the best use of a performance act in film in years.
Alas, when one thinks "5th Element", the main weaknesses of "Valerian"stands out clearly: mediocre acting and a terrible script. BloodlessDeHaan is the most dreadfully miscast lead since Tom Hiddleston in"Kong: Skull Island". Why didn't they cast the likes of Theo James withover $200 mil to burn? Cara Delevingne is cool but no Milla Jovovich -Besson loved Jovovich for real and the camera and editing really showedthat. Delevingne's Laureline comes across as a run-of-the-mill heroineeven though she's doing a solid job. Clive Owen cannot even remotelycompare to Gary Oldman's Hitleresque splendor. Strangely enough, theCGI aliens do the best acting and have all the memorable lines.Besson's script-writing has always been shaky but seems to getprogressively worse.
Still, compared to this year's Hollywood fare of sequels, yet anothersuperhero franchise and musicals with thespians who cannot sing,"Valerian" is infinitely more entertaining.
Reviewed byHarun KaraliVote: 7/10/10
Adapted from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières long-runningFrench sci-fi comics series Valérian And Laureline. Luc Besson createsa stunning visual feast. Besson's attention to detail is immaculate.And that along side the quirky dialog's between Laureline and Valerianare what keep this film afloat. I might be in the minority, but Iprefer my films to be lengthy. However in this case, Valerian feelsoverstuffed trying to add more depth to the story at every turn. Thisfilm might have benefited from a shorter run time. The biggest surprisewas Laureline(Delevingne), her character is what kept my interestthroughout the film and her acting was actually on point. As someonewho was skeptical about her casting, I'm glad to be proved wrong. Notsaying it's her breakout performance, Just saying she's improving andperhaps she might have a future as an actress. Everyone deserves asecond chance.
In the Century XXVIII, the space station Alpha is a city where beings from different planets live together exchanging their knowledge and culture. Peace is granted by a human force, including Major Valerian and his partner Sergeant Laureline. They are assigned by the Defence Minister to retrieve the last species of converter in a dangerous mission. They succeed and back to Alpha, unknown humanoids abduct Commander Arun Filitt expecting to steal the converter. They head to a forbidden area that is infected but Valerian and Laureline follow them and disclose a hidden secret about the race and the infected area.