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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Bad name, bad casting

(Edit) 18/08/2019

I totally agree with all those who say the main leads were miscast - it's not the worst-scripted film I've watched, and had some nice touches but DeHaan was horribly miscast as the lead role. To pull it off, you needed the rogueish charm of a 1970's Han Solo, or someone with the heft and screen presence of Aiden Turner, for example - not an overconfident 12 year old with the emotional range of a tin of baked beans. Even Cara (no stellar actress herself) outshone him, and visibly cringed at having to declare undying love for the preening non-entity.

I can only assume Besson spent all his money on Clive Owen and Rutger Hauer, and DeHaan was cheap.

Shame.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

2 movies for the tedium of one

(Edit) 23/11/2017

The film spends the first third or so switching between 2 different and unrelated films. Bearing through it (whilst asking what the hell the two films have in common), you then get the setup which involves a lot of cutting between the characters, and really peculiar dream-sequence scenes which don't make any sense (but seem to imply Batman is psychic), and the setup itself is boring and not really that convincing - 30 second spent actually thinking things through as opposed to I'm-so-damaged macho posturing on Batman's part would have had it resolved.

The fight sequences were competent, and Jeremy Irons was very good as a cynical Albert, but that's about all I can say in its favour. This is NOT a good film, even for those who like superhero action films.

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