A wonder to behold the visuals, but Dane DeHaan is seriously miscast as the lead. There is no chemistry between the leads and the script seems to imply that Valerian is charming, but DeHaan has 0 charm.
I've seen this movie several times growing up and through my 20s. I'm not sure if it's because of where I am today and the news going on right now*, but it's just not as good as I remembered.
This time I watched the final cut version that was Ridley Scott-approved.
The lighting and cinematography are still amaaaaazing, and for that I'll always like it. But, it all felt rather surface and plot-light.
*Specifically the scene where Deckard forcefully makes Rachael stay at his apartment when she tries to leave.
I've rewatched this film several times since first seeing it in theaters in the 1990s -- and remarking on how great these new Aussies Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce were -- and it's still beautifully directed and acted. The intelligence of the script, the visuals, everything! This may be my #1 favorite movie of all time.
The movie opens with a beautifully filmed and action-packed scene that had me gleefully excited to be back in this world, with these characters. Abrams always has that way of reeling me in, and keeping me entertained for the whole duration.
The movie had so much action that it felt like a ride at times, and yet it still packed in humor and I may or may not have even shed a tear at one point? I love the friendship…