The New VALERIAN Trailer is Gloriously Bonkers

Yes, please.

One of the things that made me happy about the success of Guardians of the Galaxy was that it would hopefully show to studios that there’s a market for totally crazy space opera. By which I mean space opera without the word “star” in the title. Disney was pretty much guaranteed to print their own money with Star Wars movies, but something based on an obscure comics title featuring a talking raccoon? That was a gamble. That it paid off suggested to me that there’s a popular hunger for aliens and surreal planets and space battles and… and.. awesome stuff. In retrospect it seems obvious that audiences would respond well to awesome stuff, but there you go.

Strangely, the only non-Star space opera we’ve had since Guardians has been the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending. That film was pretty and dumb in a charming way and it was indeed packed to the gills with awesome stuff. It also went over like a lead balloon, which concerned me. Hopefully the space opera renaissance wasn’t over before it began!

Enter a new hope: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Luc Besson’s adaptation of the French comic book. We’re talking about the gentleman who made The Fifth Element here, returning to the genre after twenty years to show the kids how it’s done. Let’s take a look at the newest trailer.

Holy cow. More like Valerian and the City of Awesome Stuff! I think this is one hell of a trailer: colorful, fun and exciting. It manages to sell drama without being po-faced or giving too much away. And it’s pulpily gorgeous! Like the cover of a science fiction paperback come to life.

My only qualm is that the two leads look way too young for their roles. I’m starting to suspect there’s a painting of a postpubescent Dane DeHaan in an attic somewhere. The dude is thirty-one and he still looks like a twinkle in his daddy’s eye.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments.

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  • I really hope this turns out to be good, for all the same reasons. Besson can be… iffy. I love some good semi-hard sci-fi like BSG or The Expanse, but a non-Star Wars space opera is what I really want. I love how this looks, And I can’t wait to see more, But I’m really hoping it’s not dumb. All of these trailers have been big on imagery and VERY light on story. That’s a bad sign. I hope I’m wrong, but I can’t shake a DKR and Suicide Squad feeling here.

    I’m mostly wary because Jupiter Ascending was dumb. Super dumb.

    It looked gorgeous and I was super excited, but with the exception of the beauracy part, it was just dumb. I tried four times to like it, that’s how awesome it looked, but… it’s just too dumb to ignore how dumb it is.

    I really want this one to be good.

  • jeves23

    This looks amazing. I’m guessing the story will be fairly boilerplate, which is why they haven’t delved too much into it, instead relying on the visuals to be the selling point.
    Which is fine for me! But I am hoping the characters, and the execution of said boilerplate plot, are strong enough, even if the lush, amazing visuals have to carry it across the finish line.