Year Released: 2017
Main Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna , Ethan Hawke , Sasha Luss , Pauline Hoarau
Review Date: February 2018
Last watched: February 2018
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: BLU RAY
Scifi and the associates effects varies from budget to budget. Sometimes the bigger budget shows will use good judgement to play down the elements and you don’t even realise there’s been a green-screen involved. Not so Valerian. ‘Visually Stunning’ must have been used in some review somewhere as that’s exactly what you get throughout – a big sign saying “EYE-POPPING-CANDY.”
So what? Loads of Scifi does this. Yeah, but there’s a balance with plot and character that’s been missed here.
I get that there’s a plot and I get that there are some pretty childish attempts to have character background but this is a large movie that throws in scenes to make it look grown up and yet they often end up dull and repetative, without life even though there are masses of effects and non-real characters scattered all over the place. The emotional scenes were drawn out and could have done with more experienced actors. Dane – sorry, guy, but you were flat and lifeless compared to Cara who I would have preferred being the main lead.
Rhianna’s scenes were interesting but clearly more titlation than necessary.
Really good looking film that seems to be for kids, without any depth and a lot of adult textures that make it not really for kids after all. 10 for effort, 1 for understanding the needs of the audience. Either aim at kids or adults because it takes a very skilled team to walk the thin line that covers both and I dont think this team did that.
BluRay Extra: Loads. A really good use of the Bluray format. Stuff like the loads of small interviews with the actors including those that were motion captured (good, I hate it when their work is overlooked as just an effect) and outtakes that make it look like everyone was really enjoying themselves – especially Cara! Why was this feeling missing from the movie itself? Absolutely 10 out of 10 for the effects team and their work as it’s spectacular and the time and effort involved has clearly been massive.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Snog. Bold, Scifi with glossy lips and lots of virtual action.