I'm a huge fan of science fiction. I love the idea of bold, original movies on the big screen that take us to entirely different worlds. I've enjoyed films like Speed Racer and Jupiter Ascending in the past. My desire for spectacularly bizarre sci-fi is a big reason why I'm still fairly excited for Scarlett Johansson's Ghost in the Shell this weekend. But for a number of reasons, I'm just not sold on Valerian. For starters, I can't see Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne leading a major summer blockbuster. DeHaan is a fine actor, but his first experience leading this kind of wildly original film (A Cure for Wellness) didn't go so well. As for Delevingne, she has struck out twice with Paper Towns and Suicide Squad, and I'll be skeptical about her casting right up until the very end. Beyond the central duo, Valerian just looks like a lot to take in. The trailer showcases a genuinely overwhelming amount of visuals to the point where I honestly cannot tell what is happening. Sure, some of it looks cool, but there's a slickness to the look that borders on cartoon-like. I seriously hope that this is good for the sake of big-budget sci-fi, but I'm far from convinced.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens on July 21. Plan on that possibly changing if STX catches wind of the early tracking numbers.
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