Charlotte expressed interest in going.
Then I saw someone RT "wow. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the worst movie I've seen in a long time. and not in the fun trashy way."
The OP continued in that thread:
- I came away wanting to punch the screenwriter, and also Dane Dehaan's character's smug sexual harassing creepy eyed face.
- It's ... not good. In any way, except the visuals. And the main character is AWFUL.
- I am very sad! I wanted glorious space trash! But all I got was trash. Woe.
Valerian definitely doesn't deserve his hero/romance arc [and honestly, the movie did not need the romance plotline at all, especially since the 2 of them have basically no chemistry -- they're partners, and yes she's always running after him to save him, but not in any way that made me feel like they should be more than partners ... and I am often a sucker for competent woman & kind of douchey guy, see Pepper/Tony, Donna/Josh, possibly some of my own life, etc.], but Laureline is gr8 (the comic series is called "Valerian and Laureline," I learned in the end credits, and I dislike that Valerian got solo billing in the movie title -- they are definitely partners, and it genuinely feels like it's equally their story).
It's not super campy fun in the way that Jupiter Ascending is, but a lot of it is fun. A lot of the world-building is very hand-wavy, but I was willing to roll with that. And yeah, the dialogue is not this film's strong suit -- the visuals of the world-building are definitely its strongest suit. A lot of the plot is clear to the viewer early on, but not in a way that bothered me -- and sometimes the film even surprised me. ( major spoilers )