Film Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

By Jordan Samuel

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) seem to be the wildcard for the summer, with the unknown property being pushed into an awkward position by competing in theaters during the busiest time of year. But does the space opera work in today’s film market? Find out as Jordan Samuel gives us the official review.

Film Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and culture. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe

Acclaimed director Luc Besson (Lucy) brought us The Fifth Element (1997), which mixed beautiful set designs with odd but great performances from both Bruce Willis (Die Hard) and Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) that transcended the generic sci-fi storytelling.

The Fifth Element (1997) is a misunderstood film, which even holds-up today in the current Hollywood climate, by being bold in various ways with the strong thematic elements; including focuses on gender and political corruption. The sci-fi cult classic brought fresh-air into a stale creative genre, vaulting Luc Besson into the top movie directors lists.

Since then, he has removed himself from the limelight with smaller projects, including the recent action film Lucy (2014), which failed to captivate what made Besson so special, but which made enough money for a sequel to be put into development.

This year, Luc Besson returns with a new sci-fi adventure, the big-budget adaptation of the French graphic novel Valerian and Laureline (1967), a series close this his heart and the main influence for his best work The Fifth Element (1997).

But does Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) work in today’s climate? Let’s find out

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the weirdest and strangely entertaining piece of cinema in years, bringing together everything Luc Besson is known for in the Hollywood industry; odd performances with over the top effects. ‘Eurotrash’ is the only word to describe the picture, which adds another level of charm and personality, something hidden in the big budget Hollywood realm.

It’s a director-driven project, that is something rare in modern day Hollywood in that it does not rely on movie clichés and create its own tone. Besson’s return to space epics isn’t his best (or as in your face) as it was the first time we saw him do it.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets showcases his love for the genre, with Besson building an impressive world, one which is created with some groundbreaking effects, but which lacks the depth seen in his previous science Go to the full article.

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