This week, the teaser trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hit the web. Based on the classic French science fiction graphic novel, Valerian ran a cool marketing campaign that put fan reactions from Twitter and YouTube into the trailer. Clearly I abused it; watch mine below.
The film comes from Luc Besson, director of The Fifth Element, and stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Rihanna. I was pretty excited after watching the trailer, but let's see what the consensus was on Twitter.
For the most part, the internet loved that a Beatles track was used in the trailer (for the first time, I might add, it isn't a cover). There were those who disagreed, though, so I'm curious about you feel on the matter. Share your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter with #PWToT.
Valerian Twitter Reactions
Some tweets were not liking the lead actors for Valerian and Laureline, but I disagree. I went out and read Ambassador of the Shadows, the English translation of the original first volume. Laureline was featured more in this volume, and Delevingne definitely shares her looks and personality. I trust DeHaan will do well in the role but can't verify how well he matches Valerian until I've read more of the source material.
folks are going mad at the Valerian trailerbut like those two milkdud leads tho — donnie yen in autumn (@tigrisparty) November 10, 2016
I'm intrigued by #Valerian but I can't really buy into the two leads and that might stop me from ever getting into it.— Jonathan Tshinanu (@_tshinanu) November 10, 2016
People do seem to like that Rihanna is in the film, though, despite only appearing briefly in the trailer.
Riri in #Valerian was pretty bad ass. She's made for it, she has that alternate life form of intrigue— MikeAtScreenRhetoric (@Cinematoracle) November 10, 2016
i was hoping we would see a little bit more of rihanna in the valerian trailer— raphaël ?? (@torihannavy) November 10, 2016
Wow @rihanna looks really good in that Valerian movie— Hannibal (@TJEchols) November 10, 2016
A lot of people were left unimpressed because they felt Valerian looked the same as every other major sci-fi film.
all scifi looks too similar like valerian movie just looks like gotg and jupiter ascending and the star trek reboots and star wars— olivia (@squelerious) November 10, 2016
Valerian & City Of A Thousand Planets looks like everything else Pacific Rim, Jupiter Ascending, Force Awakens Everything looks the same.— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) November 10, 2016
#Valerian trailer looks like a mishmash of already-done garbage when it's not looking like a blatant blade runner ripoff— WIRED (@shownomercy) November 11, 2016
Guys, seriously, that Valerian trailer looks like the Lost in Space movie meets Phantom Menace— Nick (@kukkurovaca) November 10, 2016
Perhaps what some don't realize is that Valerian and Laureline was published in 1967 and inspired many aspects of Star Wars and other science fiction.
If you like Star Wars please watch Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets! Star Wars got a LOT of inspiration from this novel. pic.twitter.com/KiHY58bIeB— Deku (@Coryxvx) November 10, 2016
It wasn't all bad, though; there was plenty of excitement and high hopes for audiences to get the Fifth Element Besson and not the Lucy Besson. No matter their opinion, though, pretty much everyone agreed the trailer was visually stunning.
Well damn if #Valerian doesn't look stunning. I've been waiting to see THIS Besson return for over 15 years.— Chris C. (@ASoulfulChris) November 10, 2016
#Valerian with a stunning first trailer. So much sci-fi goodness!— Ahmed Bagio Baghdadi (@GCage77) November 10, 2016
An interesting prediction I noticed recurring was that Valerian is going to be a great hidden gem. Tweeters thought it will be loved by audiences but not seen by the masses.
Prediction. Valerian will be a good/decent movie that flies under the radar. But may make more on home media.— Turkey Who? (@drwhofan19) November 10, 2016
Nobody will go see Valerian and I'll have to spend the next 5 years telling everyone how great it is. Of this I am certain.— Ben Rosito (@BenRosito) November 10, 2016
srsly tho, that Valerian movie ... that shit's gonna flop and make like 50 bucks at the box office ... because I'm gonna see it five times— Sean (@SeanTheDisNerd) November 11, 2016
What do you think? Are you interested in seeing Valerian? Engage in the discussion by using the #PWToT tag!