Miscast but engaging mess of a film. No one does world building, design and set pieces like Besson - he is a master of ambitious, eclectic, stylized nonsense and I love his work because of it. As flawed as this film is, I'd rather see a hundred Valerians than another Transformers or Mobster.
OMG. One of the worst experiences I've had at the theater. I don't mind loud, dumb movies but this is so bone stupid on every level that it's borderline offensive. Every second, every inch of every frame is crammed with desperation - a layer of flop sweat, of worry that, if the movie is quiet or doesn't have an explosion happening or jabbering robot throwing out an ADR punchline, it will all cease to exist. Gross.
Good but not great. Love Edgar Wright's Shaun and Hot Fuzz but was hoping for more from his first dramatic/action turn. Great music and performances but the car chases themselves were lacking in clarity and innovation. I can't believe Im saying this but Wright could've learned more from the F&F franchise when it comes to car driving sequences.
Complete nonsense but that's half the fun! Ridiculous, overblown characters and action sequences + every line of dialogue written and delivered for maximum movie poster quotability = everything you'd expect from this increasingly preposterous series. This is an action movie that boarders on the verge of camp without seeming self-aware, meta or arch. Perfect for getting you in the mood for the upcoming Summer blockbuster season.
Generally not a mumblecore kind of guy but this movie rises above that boring, indie dreck. Jake Johnson and crew are completely believable as slackers in love. Director Joe Swanberg seems to have a tight reign on improviosational riffs that keep things breezy and away from self-indulegnce.