Originally Posted by T. A. Gardner
In one scene in what's the equivalent of a "red light district" you catch Valerian being propositioned by Jessica Rabbit...
I saw that, and thought it one of the more subtle, well played moments in the movie. As for the rest...
The jab at "Avatar" was direct, particularly given the opening scene. As I have said elsewhere "Avatar" was an anti-corporate, anti-capitalist screed woven into the appropriated story of Pocahontas. Only here the High-Elf one-with-the-universe nature-loving doe-eyed wonders had critters which could reproduce whatever valuable mineral, jewel, or unobtainable macguffin their little hearts desired, thus rendering them potentially the richest doe-eyed wonders in the Universe. And they knew it, which was the true stab at "Avatar."
Also true the villain was your standard copy and paste bad-guy taken from any number of Sci-Fi films released since "Forbidden Planet." In addition many of the alien species were taken right out of "The Fifth Element."
Beginning the character narrative with a marriage proposal was a poorly executed attempt at character development. For those who had never read the Graphic Novels, of which I was one, at the start of the narrative the viewer had nothing invested in the lead characters, and thus no emotion to invest in the lead's ham-handed attempt to woe someone who looked ten years younger than he did. My thought at that moment was "who gives a crap," and by the end of the film that sentiment hadn't changed.
I suppose the most disappointing aspect of the film was the predictability of the plot. I mean the entire progression was formulaic, and by the time of the James Bond adrift at sea with the subdued maiden scene I was just glad it was over.
Yes, "Valerian" looked good, but so did "The Fifth Element." But the simple truth is "The Fifth Element" was a much better movie. In addition it benefited from the grace of featuring a heroine who looked like a woman instead of a kid.