Valerian - Luc Besson, The Enchantress, and a Dane


#41

I saw this last night in a 3D showing. I didn’t even notice the 3D. I thought the acting was terrible. Maybe Besson was telling the leads to show as little emotion as possible but I suspect it’s just poor acting.

Some of the dialogue I found to be absolutely cringe worthy. There is also one of the slowest Fight scenes that I have ever watched.

I wonder if Besson has a strained relationship with Disney as there is a character that is a dead ringer for a Disney character that is portrayed as a prostitute. It’s only for about 10 or 15 seconds of screen time, but still.

This movie just didn’t work for me. Hopefully everyone else will have a different opinion from mine and the movie will do well critically and financially.


#42

Man, I’m getting old - the leads in this movie look about twelve years old to me.


#43

Same response we had when my wife and I saw the trailer a few months ago. I was initially disappointed because I thought it was a kid’s movie.

It wasn’t until release date approached I learned differently.


#44

The leads don’t look just young, they look like siblings (the trailer already gave me a weird brother/sister vibe despite the fact that this is obviously not supposed to be the case). It’s overall just a bad casting choice.


#45

You mean, like Fifth Element was a kid’s movie?


#46

No, not like that.


#47

Can you describe the steps you are taking to get smart quotes in a [quote] metadata block there? That’s so bizarre.

Are you by chance copying and pasting from the preview window on the right?


#48

Nope, this time was just trimming the last sentence from the quoted text, on mobile.

In the post as it currently exists, if I position the cursor immediately before the closing quote tag and press backspace (to get rid of that extra newline)… bam, smart quotes everywhere.


#49

I see, so you posted it without the trailing [/quote] which caused it to be treated as Just More Text?


#50

Not looking good for Valerian’s box office this weekend. The studio is projecting ~ $17 million.


#51

Newlines aren’t extra, they are required for [quote] blocks now. [quote]this will not work[/quote]. Quote is now a block level element.


#52

This is one of those movies that’s geared toward other markets. And as I understand it, it’s pretty much a safe, fiscally.


#53

The trailers show an “alien” that bears a striking resemblance to the guys who helped John Carter win Mars.


#54

That’s awfully non-robust for user-facing markup.


#55

Well, I would move this [quote] semantics discussion out into its own topic, where I could elaborate on why that is the way it is now… but @tomchick says never to touch anything, ever, under penalty of death, so. Enjoy the super off-topic tangent, everyone!


#56

The bitter whining makes it better! :-)


#57

Do it. Dooo eeeet.


#58

I was convinced to take someone to see this today. Just. Don’t.

My thinking was "well I know more likely than not it will be awful, but perhaps it will be visually stunning. I will just say any expensive effects work from the film is basically in the trailer. Vast majority of the film is on a poorly set soundstage. The film itself was really bad, imho.


#59

What.

I’ve seen the trailer in front of pretty much every movie I’ve been to this year. Even my post from April I mentioned it gave me a Spy Kids 3 vibe. And they aren’t teen actors?!

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#60

I love the Fifth Element. this doesn’t look like that. This is some juvenile kind of movie right?