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Takes so much of the good from the world of Anime, and makes an American Action Film out of it. Complete with a strong, female character who actually has humanity, reliability, and growth. (feels refreshing as she is certainly super OP... yet you still can't help but cheer for her) Yeh. They packed the film with a whole lot of things that could perhaps have been better fleshed out in two movies or a series. But, heck, if my only complaint is, "so much to see, so little time" then it truly is easy to say, this movie is well worth seeing. Do yourself a favor and go watch this film.
It's not the Star Wars movie we were expecting. But, it is the Star Wars movie we oh so desperately needed! I've gotta say, after 8, I was getting worried about this franchise. Rogue One was good, don't get me wrong. But, this movie... it actually did Han justice. Yeh. I was one of those who didn't like the actor they picked to play Han back when the film was announced. But, he won me over with an utterly fantastic portrayal of one of the lore's most loved heros. The pacing is great as we watch a young dude grow over the course of the film into said hero. And, by the end, we have not just Han Solo, we've got Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca too! The whole cast was on point. Plus, I loved how real-to-life, downright understandable the story of Qi'ra and Han was. Why?
Because in order to save Han from the life of vice and evil that she knows Han CAN'T become a part of, (she calls him the "Good guy" in the movie) Qi'ra finds a way to blame the defeat of the Crimson Dawn's powerful crime boss--Dryden Vos--on someone OTHER than Han/Chewy while still keeping herself alive. She saved Han by doing that. But, also, could not be with him even though she wanted to be. Two people who can't be together, Not because they don't want to be. But, because of who they are/have chosen to be on the inside... I almost cried when that happened. Been there. Felt that. Could she be a true villain at heart? Perhaps. But, for all you who think she completely betrayed our Solo. Remember, she saved him from Crimson Dawn retaliation at risk to herself. Just sayin' All in all, this is the first of the "Disney" Star Wars films I not only will see more than once in theaters, I'm gonna buy it when it comes out on Blu-Ray. Fantastic entertainment. A worthy movie.
Ya know, we live in a world where each new "good" movie that comes out feels like crackin' open another cold Pepsi; you think, "ah, this is great. But, I've had this a 1000 times before. Nothin' all that new..." But then, this movie comes out and gives us a whole different flavor. It's about dahm time. Valerian: tastin' like nothin' we've had in YEARS! Actors we're not all familiar with. (hallelujah!) Characters that aren't just more "copy, paste" marvel, star trek, star wars, or "totally incompetent moron set to die in the show" experiences. (they actually felt unique... even relatable! No spoilers. But, gotta say, felt a strong bit of sympathy for Rehana's character. Right in the feels, man!) The wide variety of classic call-backs to the Sci-Fi of the 1980s-even the 1950s-was refreshing AS HELL after the almost steady drone that has been sooooo many of the Sci-Fi releases as of late. (kinda felt like I was watching Classic Sci-fi... but with modern graphics that looked fantastic!) They even used actual actors in actual costumes for a great many parts of the film. Really appreciated that. Also, as a 20-something myself, the way they wrote the main characters was actually quite relatable as I've not only experienced many of the emotions portrayed. But, seen many of my own friends express similar emotions (in FAR less extravagant situations, of course!) when dealing with relationships/life themselves. Dang that was good! I can honestly say that I have not been that ENTERTAINED in a theater in many, many years. Period. Folks, in 20 years, this film will be a cult classic akin to The 5th Element or Blade Runner. If you don't see it now, that's ok. Your Sci-Fi lovin' kid most certainly will in his/her teens, 20s, 30s, and 40s. Etc. Now, enough talk. I'm goin' back for round 2 at the theater! Perhaps I'll see you there.