The final trailer for Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets has arrived, and finally I am somewhat sold on going to see this movie.
Now listen. I *love* Luc Besson. I love his movies in ways that are not logical or healthy. La Femme Nikita blew my mind in high school. I watched Leon (The Professional) and The Fifth Element back to back for weeks on end after I got divorced. I love Besson’s work so much, I even liked Lucy.
But this Valerian movie has refused to stick in my mind properly. This was partly due to being so enmeshed in Game of Thrones for so long–every time I heard the title, my brain said “Wait, they’re making a movie about the Doom of Valyria?” (As you may have guessed, I was unfamiliar with the comic.) The first trailer also didn’t register properly–it just seemed weird and formless, a Francophilic version of Avatar.
The new trailer still has something of that Avatar feel, but with more of the live action humans (and yes that is the cannot-act Cara Delevingne among them) it feels less like a CGI bid for our 3D dollars, and more like Lucy and The Fifth Element. The poster also has Rihanna, but she’s nowhere to be seen.
I’m still not 100% sold on the premise, but i do know I’ll most likely see it in the theater, just for the spectacle element therein. Just maybe not in 3D.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will drop in the dead of summer, in a nice open slot after the July 4th blockbusters (and Spiderman: Homecoming) have run their course, but before the usual August surprise hits like The Dark Tower arrive. Plan to see it the weekend of July 21, 2017, because it probably won’t be in the theaters much past that.