American culture travels well. Not without problems here and there, but there’s an established mainstream that millions of people around the world can accept, and even embrace. That mainstream of American filmmaking has always been about reaching as many people as possible, internally and then internationally.
French culture (film culture at least) is less concerned with a global, cultural norm. It’s deliberately individual. It’s trying to be a culture for France, specifically.
Is it really surprising that it doesn’t resonate with the same numbers of people outside France?
Besson doesn’t want to compromise his vision, fine, but this is the result.
I said before, i think he’s really talented and creative but I’m glad I’m not an investor in ‘Valerian’.