I like eye candy, but I’m a bit finnicky when it comes to cinematic eye candy: if it’s got the plot to support it, I’m okay with it. A prime example: Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, which is visually stunning and engaging thanks to some great writing and performances (say it with me: multipass). However, if it doesn’t make muster, such as Tarsem Singh’s The Cell, then no amount of beauty can make up for the fact that you’re trapped in your seat watching something that is less appealing than watching paint dry. Bearing that conundrum in mind, here’s this week’s trailer: Besson’s Valerian.
Guys, I’m worried. I don’t know much about lead actor Dane DeHaan. I actively dislike Cara Delevigne’s Angry Baby Face, and Rhianna… while beautiful, I think we all remember Battleship. Couple that with Besson’s recent track record: some loved Lucy – for those of you familiar with this site, you will know that I did not. While Besson is capable of creating beauty, sometimes, he creates it without soul. I’m concerned that a graphic novel that’s fine on its own is going to get spoiled. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.