So after seeing trailers, it’s probably not far wrong to say that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was the movie that we were most intrigued and excited to go see this year, especially taken on its own merits. Okay, sure, there’s lots of continuing franchise films to see this year – Marvel, Star Wars, etc. But this one captured our imagination, and it’s Luc Besson, and it seemed like a sure hit. The new Fifth Element.
And then… people actually saw it.
We’ve now heard from family that has both said “skip it in theaters” and that has said that they liked it. So… just as split as the Rotten Tomatoes score makes it seem. That means, tossing it back to you, dear readers! Vote in the poll! And if you’ve seen it, comment or shoot us a message on social media, letting us know whether we should go or not go!
Then today, since apparently this is awesome trailer week, we got this gem.
I think this is easily – and increasingly – the movie I am most excited for this year. Luc Besson is an amazing director, he seems to have some incredible source material (I think I’m going to have to break down and buy some of the comics on ComiXology), and the technology seems to be at a point where he can do this.
And since it’s based on a comic… well, that means there’s three comic movie adaptation trailers out in just a few days. And of them – I think this one is winning. It’s earlier trailer was great too. And it’s coming out in July as well – if I could only see this or Spider-Man Homecoming, well, sorry Spidey.
Last week we had a bit more to contend with and focus on than what movies to look forward to next year. Which is unfortunate, because last week several awesome trailers were released, and I think a lot of us missed them. So, let’s do a Trailer Watch!
We begin with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:
From Luc Besson, the visionary director of The Fifth Element, Lucy, and Léon: the Professional, this sci-fi epic looks absolutely, richly gorgeous. Personally, this may be an opening day flick for me. If you’re interested, you have plenty of time to check out the graphic novel before the film’s release as well.
This week on Comparative Opinions we’ll be talking about “Hollywood Fatigue”… more on that on the podcast! But thinking through movies, and Hollywood, and originality, I was reminded of this post I ran on my now mostly defunct personal blog. And about how there were some great movies I was incredibly excited about and excited by just a couple of years ago, and that’s without including several other excellent movies that year! I still think 2014 was a remarkable year for movies, and it wasn’t that long ago so things aren’t long gone from that. But without further ado, my contenders for the Science Fiction Film Trifecta of 2014.
This whole line of thought is where I started blogging from. My initial question on my Tumblr was, what would it be like for our presidential candidates (and other politicians) to present their beliefs in a Science Fictional sort of way – to say what they think the future would really look like if we followed their beliefs and plans into the future. I was contemplating writing it myself, but everything I thought of seemed like a Dystopia…
So this brings me around to the title. And some of my thinking is, maybe Science Fiction is doing alright on its own. Maybe it doesn’t need me championing the way it considers and explains the world. Maybe the big ideas I think are important are being shared with the public on a broader scale. My thoughts for this are based on three movies this year, each very different from each other, and all from big-name directors presenting big ideas. So read on for some of my thoughts on Noah, Lucy, and Interstellar!
Before I get into spoilers, though, my thought is that Lucy was a few things. It was an artistic film, which Holly compared to The Fountain. It was a science fiction film, rather than an action film. And as a philosophical film, it felt very French.
We linked to the SourceFed Nerd review of the film, and I want to include it here now. They spent 16 minutes talking about this movie, way longer than usual. I think on one hand, it shows that they were paying attention – they point out a lot of the contentious elements of the film, a lot of the reason why it has a mixed response from audiences and reviewers. I think on another hand, it shows that the film got people thinking, and talking about it, and that seems deliberate. And finally, I think it shows, like Holly discussed yesterday, that the marketing for this movie completely failed. It did not set the right expectations for what the film would be or be about.
So these are the topics I want to talk about – spoilers to follow!