Based on the French/Belgian comic series Valerian and Laureline, and therein lies one of my problems with this flick. There are two lead protagonists in this film, and yet only the male one gets title billing. Laureline is just as much a lead and a hero, in some cases a better hero than Valerian, and yet, where is her name in the title? Besson, and whoever else might be responsible, should have kept to the source material on this one point.
Lucy, The Messenger, La Femme Nikita, The Professional, Kiss of the Dragon, and especially The Fifth Element, has presented strong female protagonists in empowered roles. Laureline is still a strong female protagonist, yet relegated to a back seat and no billing in the movie version of the comic in which she at least gets second. Disappointing.
Chronicle or the painful The Amazing Spider-Man 2, knows that his mischievous eyes and sneering grin are far more applicable to villainous roles than heroic. Often here he comes off as disingenuous or hiding something. It's just in his face and his manner - I was never able to fully trust him as the hero. Couple this with the character's less than stellar romantic streak, and he's definitely not your usual white hat.
Suicide Squad - or was she just Junie Moon, I forget, either way, both roles were creepy. And yet, I believe her more as the hero that DeHaan should have been. Also in the mix are Herbie Hancock, Ethan Hawke, and Rihanna shining as a shapeshifting pole dancer.