Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Year:
2017
Country:
USA, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium, China, United Arab Emirates
Genre:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
IMDB rating:
6.6
Director:
Luc Besson
Eric Rochant as Captain Welcoming Palm Müret
Louis Leterrier as Captain Welcoming Mercurys
Kris Wu as Sergeant Neza
Benoît Jacquot as Captain Welcoming Arysum (as Benoit Jacquot)
Cara Delevingne as Sergeant Laureline
Peter Hudson as Captain Crowford
Rihanna as Bubble
Dane DeHaan as Major Valerian
Herbie Hancock as Defence Minister
Sam Spruell as General Okto-Bar
Alain Chabat as Bob the Pirate
Ethan Hawke as Jolly the Pimp
Clive Owen as Commander Arun Filitt
Rutger Hauer as President of the World State Federation
Storyline: In the Century XVIII, the space station Alpha is a city where beings from different planets live together exchanging their knowledge and culture. Peace is granted by a human force, including Major Valerian and his partner Sergeant Laureline. They are assigned by the Defence Minister to retrieve the last species of converter in a dangerous mission. They succeed and back to Alpha, unknown humanoids abduct Commander Arun Filitt expecting to steal the converter. They head to a forbidden area that is infected but Valerian and Laureline follow them and disclose a hidden secret about the race and the infected area.
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Reviews
Overrated, eye candy A-, the rest C
The weird thing is, I have a LOT of Luc movies in my movie collection. I would never buy this one. Its pure eye candy, and as eye candy goes its better than most

The script is tediously predictable, the acting is barely serviceable, and the age of our protagonists does not really fit their MO, unless they went through some rejuvenation procedures, -which is not mentioned anywhere

The movie has been branded as a box office bomb, and i am very relieved over this, as it means Luc and company will be forced to turn out an overall quality product next time around

I'm betting Luc has such a large entourage that he cannot get honest constructive criticism anymore, otherwise a lot of this movie would never had made it on film, including the actors, dialogue, script

There are some very funny and unique items in the movie, but not enough to save it from dragging down a viewer
2017-11-02
Horrible
Can you say 'Sharkboy and Lavagirl" part 2? Let me take that back. That was a horrible insult to the original, as it's a much better written screenplay than this heap of trash. Save your money and, if you really feel the need to watch it, wait until you can do so free on the Comet channel in a few months.
2017-07-23
Pretty Good
I went into this movie expecting to see a lot of different alien interactions with a bunch of action and adventure and it didn't disappoint. However there are some things that should've been done better, like for example in the entire movie it seems like Valerian is a love struck child after Laureline. Now I understand he wanted that in the movie, but making every other scene him whining about it wasn't a good way to go. Also for a movie that has amazing visuals and great acting they have a very substandard dialogue, it seems like it was written by someone who didn't fully understand what they were going for and instead of making it playful and teasing they made it whiny and childish.

Now onto the actual movie, without going too far into the story, there was an alien race, something bad happen to their planet, years later while on a mission Valerian and Laureline stumble into part of the story and uncover the rest of it. There is a good amount of gun play, and some fighting, all and all it's pretty good, had they gotten a better dialog writer it would have been a 10, but as it stands it's about a 8/10.
2017-08-15
Amazing visuals, Terrible Casting
I'm a fan of Sci-Fi and Besson so I really wanted to like this movie and some parts I did. The CGI and visuals are amazing, the different alien races, planets, spaceships etc are done to perfection, you can really immerse yourself in scenery and at times even the story but unfortunately the casting is borderline crazy, I cannot understand what they were thinking when they chose certain actors for certain roles. Their acting isn't bad but man do they not fit their roles. Dan DeHaan who plays the protagonist and military tough guy Valerian just makes some scenes funny when they are intended to be serious and tough, his acting isn't bad but he simply doesn't fit the role of a hardened military and neither does Cara Delevingne who plays his military side-kick. It's like casting Paul Reubens (Pe Wee Herman) as Rambo and trying to be serious. The casting makes it so hard to like this movie, simply because they don't fit their roles one bit. Was this an attempt to appeal to a younger audience? No idea but it didn't work for me one bit.

I'm giving this 5 stars only for the perfect visuals if it wasn't for them I would have given a even lower score. Sadly I have to say that this is Luc Besson's worst movie so far.
2017-11-15
The most disappointing Luc Bresson film
How could a director who was able to so cleverly match over-the-top Chris Tucker with dead-pan, straight arrow Bruce Willis in "The Fifth Element" end up with the two most banal characters ever, Dana DeHaan and Cara Delevingne? Throughout the film the only action you could look forward to was one or both of them being blasted into small bits or eaten by one of the many monsters. When they would open their mouths you wondered if you were on some college campus.Their dialogue was childish, insipid, and totally devoid of the kind of adult emotion that drew you into "Leon:The Professional" or "La Femme Nikita". Besson has no excuse here; he directed and wrote this mess. I love Luc Besson's previous films. However, this was such a disappointment, you have to wonder what the value will be for his upcoming remakes, Lucy 2 and Columbiana 2.
2017-08-12
Action Adventure with Aliens? I'm in!
This was a fun movie! (Take a shot every time the female lead says 'Valerian')

The evil twin of Charlie Heaton (aka Jonathan Byers 'Stranger Things') and the really watchable Cara Devugmnskdjfh were a good team and had a lovely simmer of chemistry that I enjoyed watching unfold.

This is a movie I would love to have seen as a kid, if you have a sprog pour some excitement into their imaginations by showing them this.

Some of the concepts in this movie are done so well I was giddy watching them. Could it have been a better movie? Of course, what movie can't be, but was it an enchanting popcorn movie? Yes, yes it was and for me that was exactly what the doctor ordered.

I hope this becomes a series because I like Cara, I like Evil twin, I liked the world we were introduced to.

Will you enjoy it 7 out of ten stars like I did? I dunno internet stranger, but ye could watch worse so why not give it a lash?
2017-11-23
Not Perfect, but Good Fun and Full of Imagination
Valerian is adapted from the French comic series 'Valerian and Laureline' about two time travelling space agents who travel the universe taking on missions and sharing a shaky, flirtatious relationship. It was one of the many uncredited influences of the original Star Wars, with an eclectic cast of bizarre aliens, planets, and vehicles. Valerian keeps much of this intact, loosely adapting the sixth story arc in the comics run.

The movie opens in 1975 (a nice callback to the comic's debut date) with the coming together of the ISS, and follows and expands this train of thought several hundreds of years, turning the ISS into a vast multi-species city that has to be propelled into space so as not to crash down to Earth. This is the titular City of a Thousand Planets. The second prologue shows us the everyday workings of a native species of a paradisal planet, who rely on pearls filled with unimaginable amounts of energy, feeding them to little mouse-like creatures who then sh*t out multiples of it, in order to "give back to nature". That is until the apocalypse comes crushing down on them and reduces them to a small number hiding in safety in the wreckage of a ship.

It's only then are we introduced to Valerian and Laureline, played by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, who have obviously been partners for a while, and share a flirtatious relationship whereby Valerian constantly harasses Laureline to sleep with him or marry him, despite her constant rebukes and obvious disinterest. While I liked the movie, and I liked aspects of these two leads, they were by far the weakest point of the movie. Cara Delevingne surprised me with how capable she was with Laureline's snarkiness towards Valerian. Even in Suicide Squad I felt she was just let down by abysmal dialogue rather than being a bad actress. DeHaan though? Completely miscast. He's wormy and creepy-looking, not handsome and heroic. His advances on Laureline come off as perverse rather than womanising, his gloating as annoying arrogance rather than charming, and I just did not buy that he was a one-of-a-kind soldier that the United Human Federation couldn't do without. His cool, tough-man voice didn't work either; again sounding like a creepy nerd trying to punch above his weight.

The rest of the cast all does well though. Clive Owen's commander is just the no- nonsense military general you'd expect, while also not just being a full-on moustache-twirling villain. He has genuine rationale behind his actions that are understandable, however negatively they might affect a species and be seen as morally bankrupt. Rihanna was a massive surprise as the shape-shifting glamapod Bubble, stealing every scene she was in, and proving she can be a capable actress (although I'll admit she wasn't exactly given anything particularly challenging). Shame her character gets thrown away, and her involvement is completely inconsequential. Ethan Hawke makes an appearance as a pimp, Elisabeth Debicki voices the Emperor, John Goodman voices a gangster in the multi-dimensional marketplace, Rutger Hauer briefly appears as the Leader of Earth in an infomercial early on, and there's also a number of cameos from some of Luc Besson's directing and writing friends.

Of course the biggest draw for Valerian was always the visuals, and they did not disappoint at all. The quality of the CGI is flawless, bringing the vast array of alien creatures to life, and looking incredibly realistic in the process. Over two hundred different species were designed, and each of them markedly different from one another. Every variable is considered from the intelligent species to the animals and fauna, from robotic technology-bearing species to tiny, radioactive neuroscientist species, to species that require suits to contain their slimy lifeforce, and species that bathe their glittering faces in a sea of revitalising pearls every morning, to dwarf-like gargoyles with long snouts and a penchant for selling information. The sheer breadth of variety is astounding, and must have required incredible amounts of imagination and creativity. No matter whether they're a major species, or one you see briefly in the background, each one enjoys a meticulous attention to detail.

The same goes for the worlds and settings, from the multi-dimensional marketplace we're first introduced to Valerian and Laureline, to the various districts of the City. From the bright, sparkling northern hemisphere to the dark and grimy underwater world. The use of colour is fantastic, creating stark contrast from one place to another. The paradisal planet of Mül and it's inhabitants are bathed in pastel colours, from blues to pinks and oranges, like the inside of a hermit crab shell, while the technology hub of the city is gold and copper, and the red light district equivalent is full of clashing neon signs and dark alleys.

So yeah, I liked Valerian. It's plot felt fun and interesting despite not being ground- breaking, the banter between Valerian and Laureline was fun to watch and showed chemistry despite DeHaan being a complete misfit for the character, and Rihanna's Bubble was the best character despite being a completely pointless addition to the story. The sheer amount of world-building and attention to detail, brought to life with flawless computer animation, is what we'll keep me coming back to this movie. There's too many great concepts, enjoyable moments, and fun interactions for me to be able to agree wholeheartedly with it's critics. I give Valerian a 7/10. Shame it'll be relegated alongside John Carter as an underrated Space Opera that will never get a sequel.
2017-08-08
Great film, stunning visual effects
Another good epic film from Luc Besson. I watched the film in 3D and I can tell you that this film is amazing. First of all before I go further with the review, you need to know that this film is based on comic book, which means is more suitable for youngsters. I'm 41 years old and I liked it. Why I liked it? Because of the stunning script, adventurous story, visual effects, thousands of alien characters and species, unpredictable scenes, the introduction of the film where it tells you how Alfa city was created, and finally the creativity of Luc Besson to show different dimension of the future. This film is not about dialog or super acting. You don't need that in this film, this is an adventurous film set in the future based on comic book. For me this film is better than Avatar which I think it was more like a fairy tale in space, while this one is a proper sci-fi movie. You must watch it in 3D.......Luc Besson never disappoints
2017-08-06
WATCH IT AT THE CINEMA. Preferably in 3D, but any big screen will do. Don't miss it at the cinema, seriously.
I think the most appropriate review of Valerian I've read here is: "Better than the last 5 Star Wars films". And that's spot on. Yes, it's no "The Empire Strikes Back". It's not as striking as "Star Wars" (A New Hope) was in 1977... but that's again because Lucas got a lot, and I mean A LOT of inspiration from the original Valerian comics.

If this spaceship, the Intruder, looks a bit like the Millennium Falcon, or some aliens remind you of some in Star Wars... remember both the Intruder and the Valerian comics came before Star Wars.

The plot is acceptable. Nothing really crazy difficult or surprising, but nothing bad or really insulting. You see who the bad guy is from the beginning, and that's not much. But it is a fun action movie, with gorgeous visuals and a good pace. You don't get bored for a moment, the scenes don't lag, and it's overall interesting. I was kept having total fun during the whole movie, never feeling my intelligence was insulted and never bored.

The pace is wonderful. The action is good. The secondary acting is great. Chops to Rihanna here, she eats the camera when she's on.

I admit I was wary about the starring couple. Comic-book Valerian was older and ruggedly attractive, with a square jaw and crooked nose. Comic-book Laureline should look more or less like Mila Jovovich in the 5th element. In DeHaan and Delevingne, it's as if the casting had been switched: he looks beautiful, young and soft, and she looks rugged, with a square jaw and hard.

DeHaan doesn't really believe it at the beginning. It's uncomfortable to see how he seems a bit lost. Possibly all that 3D, he's not a bad actor, especially when he's interacting with other humans. He gets better throughout the film, and at the end he's fully on it. OK, he wasn't MY Valerian, and I wish Besson had got the best of him also for the beginning of the film, but it's OK.

I was even more worried about Delevingne... and I shouldn't have. She acts better than DeHaan. She's into it, "believes" the story all the time. She moves really well, all her modeling experience of years is really, really paying off, she has an impressive screen presence. And she's more comfortable with the 3D, also probably coming from her practice looking at cameras and making expressions only for photograph, without interaction. I was gladly surprised with her. I really wish Besson had ordered her hair dyed redhead, and I think the Laurelin hairstyle would suit her, but I guess Besson wanted her to look impressive, not pretty.

All in all, it's a movie that is very worth to watch at the cinema, and in 3D it's going to be spectacular. I'll watch it again this weekend.

If you watch it in the small screen, you will regret having missed it at the cinema. Don't say you weren't warned.
2017-08-23
How does this movie have a worse rating than Episode VII or Wonder Woman?
This movie is actually a lot of fun, visually stunning, it's just so artful and beautiful. The story is pretty good too. It's sooo much better than both Episode VII and Wonder woman, yet such a lower score... I guess a movie has to be idiotic to get above a 7 on IMDb these days... It would have worked better with two older main characters. They seem too young and childish for their roles. They seem a little out of place, at least the guy, the girl does a better job than him, but it's not so much their fault as it's that of whomever wrote the script, which at times is pretty bad, especially when they talk to each other. Otherwise the movie is very good, feels fresh and was a pleasant surprise in the massive mass of garbage films that are coming out of Hollywood these days...
2017-11-08
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