Top positive review
A more human oriented science fiction story.
November 26, 2017
A great movie that for some reason attracts the wrong audience.
An amazing tribute to the source material and expands on the story by adapting it to film. I really loved this as the passion for the source material by Luc Besson really shines through. I think the reason for the poor reviews are due to the departure by the director from some of his other films. It takes itself less seriously than many additions to science fiction coming out around this time. For example Blade Runner recently came out at the same time and has a starkly different tone, more serious and bleak. By Valerian is not like this, it has a fun quirky feel. It is more about the people and the feelings of the characters and uses science fiction as the vehicle to tell a more human story. Additionally the science fiction elements are not really explained in gory detail, but they are clever and interesting nonetheless. I see this as part of the fun since the setting is far enough in the future to make this believable and it allows more focus on the real takeaway of the story, which is simply the importance of love and the softer side of humanity. Not the way technology will ultimately alter our lives or how androids will take over like so many stories in this genre focus on.
In short this is a film that may have tragically been not marketed correctly to reach the appropriate audience and may have come at a time with audiences expect a different tone from science fiction stories. I believe most of the poor ratings are more due to this and less about the film itself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and hope there is a sequel that will garner more mass appeal in the future.