Reviews have begun to drop for Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and while it’s early days yet, let’s just say they haven’t been charitable.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy was particularly tough on Besson’s latest effort, saying, ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets really is that bad, bad enough you don’t know for longest time that Valerian is one of the lead characters and not a planet or a spaceship.’
Steve Pond of The Wrap was slightly more charitable, saying ‘(Luc) Besson takes all that fun and color, along with a wild array of fantastic creatures, and deploys (them) in service of a big, dopey story that remains resolutely uninvolving and quite often annoying.’
Now, as I said earlier, it’s early days yet and a few mediocre reviews aren’t likely enough to torpedo Valerian’s chances at the domestic box office (after all, it’s taken five movies before many moviegoers in the United States noticed that the Transformers movies are really, really bad).
Though I get the feeling at that we’re not going to see Spider-Man: Homecoming-type box office when the movie goes into wide release.
I’m politically liberal, which I mention because it mystifies me when people fall for a fairly obvious ideologue/fake populist like Donald Trump.
The same reasoning process extends to the movies I enjoy in that the Transformers have always been terrible (I give a pass to the first–it wasn’t great by any means–but it was at least new and novelty matters) but enough people don’t seem to think the same way–especially internationally–that they seem to make lots of money quite reliably, hand over fist.
Despite being loud, obnoxious, sexist and the cinema equivalent of diet soda (less taste and offering dubious benefit) people can’t seem to get enough of them.
So, it’s very likely that Transformers: The Last Knight will be a rousing success.
And just like Trump, it sends the entirely wrong message but don’t just take my word for it.
The Daily Beast
The Hollywood Reporter
The reviews have started coming, and so far they’re looking pretty good. IGN and Comicbookmovie are very positive (in some instances gushingly so. The latter calls Ant-Man “Easily one of the top Marvel movies to date.”).
Though things aren’t all rosy, because Alsono Duralde, from The Wrap says, “Ant-Man serves up jokes that don’t land and thrills that don’t thrill.”
It goes without saying that you can’t please everyone, though what’s pretty impressive is–despite it being early days yet–that Ant-Man will probably receive more positive reviews and have an oversized effect on the box office.
Welcome to the first meeting of S.E.T.R.E.P. (the Society Existing To Prevent Revelation of Essential Plot-Points) because life is hard enough without someone knowingly revealing information that a show took months to build up to, or the twist of a movie, or an important character dying in either medium.
The need for such an organization became clear when I innocently went into reading a story by Phil Pirrello, “Marvel’s ‘SHIELD’ and ‘Captain America’ Crossover: Two Big Villain Shockers” from The Wrap on April 8th, at 6:38.
It’s important to note that April 8th is a Tuesday.
What’s so important about Tuesday, at 6:38 PM, you may ask?
Unless it’s preempted “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs on that day on the East Coast, at 8 in the evening, which means that the Pirrello post went live an hour and a half BEFORE the episode aired.
Is this what we have come to? Revealing crucial plot points before a show even airs? It sucks enough when it’s done soon afterward, but now writers are playing a game of ‘Beat The Clock’ to see which television series or movie they can ruin for viewers first?