Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
USA, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium, China, United Arab Emirates
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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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
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Unfortunately Very Disappointing
I am a big sci-fi fan and I love a good big budget movie but unfortunately I was very disappointed with this film.

It has great CGI effects but this does not save the wooden acting and dire script which I watched with my wife throughout the film. I enjoyed the Fifth Element and the other films the director made but this movie just never got going for me.

Its like the movie was trying to copy some of the other great films out there like Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy etc. but never tried to create its own unique style.

Sadly I could not emphasis with the 2 main actors and they both looked 2 young for their roles within this movie when older actors probably would of done a better job.

I lost the bet with my son who said I would not enjoy the movie and he was absolutely right which is a real shame as the movie could of been very good if the script was better, better actors and the CGI effect were played down a bit.
Both Too Good and Too Bad to Recommend Strongly
I'm not going to lie, I was looking forward to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The production team behind it, in combination with the history of the IP (not to mention the absolutely bonkers trailer) made it seem like Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) level intensity was the best case scenario. Worst case scenario, we were looking at a Jupiter Ascending (2015) a la, a movie with enough sheer lunacy to justify a watch despite being seriously flawed.

So it's to my surprise and partially to my chagrin that Valerian is neither of these things - not really. It is a painfully sincere movie that is positively aglow with its own ingenuity, like a toddler is with his own finger painting. And believe it or not, that kind of innocent hubris does save Valerian from quite of few scrapes and contrivances here and there. Yet when the day is done, there's no denying director Luc Besson's newest sci-fi space adventure is simultaneously too sloppy and too well made to enjoy.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on a series of French science fiction comics which chronicle the adventures of Valerian (DeHaan) a roguish space cop and his damsel-esque partner Laureline (Delevingne). After their latest mission inadvertently puts them in possession of the film's magical sci-fi maguffin, they make their way to the fabled space city of Alpha. Once they get there however, all hell breaks loose and our heroes find themselves scrabbling to rescue their superior, Commander Filitt (Owen) from an unknown group of aliens.

The highs of this movie are near euphoric with some of the most creative and convincing examples of world-building seen this side of blockbuster cinema. The technology, the habitats the creature design et al. are all so refreshingly fun with the city of Alpha being the clear standout of all the marvelous filigree. Alpha at times feels like an ever shifting character in the film, assimilating worthwhile ideas from Star Trek (1966-1969), "John Carter of Mars," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and all points in between. What's more, the worlds that are created here, you feel like you can come right out and touch them. They practically beg to be explored and thanks in part to the script, you get a decent if breezy tour of Alpha via Valerian and Laureline's fast-paced adventure.

Yet the lows in this movie are almost embarrassingly low, with every bad decision sticking out like Chris Tucker in cheetah print. The problems start almost immediately. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne for all their efforts are sorely miscast as our heroes; trying desperately to pull off a Han/Leia vibe with the chemistry of flat soda. Much of it can't be helped of course; partially due to their age they look less like grizzled space cops whom by their own admission "have seen it all," and more like children playing dress up. You can also just tell what little direction they were given was limited to them hitting their mark and reading their lines, never mind emoting or interacting with the space in any meaningful way.

There's also the issue of the plot, which on its own merits is fine and even a little illuminating on paper. Yet due to the way the story unfolds, we're given everything we need to piece together the themes very early on. Its clear Luc Besson (who also wrote the screenplay) doesn't want to bog the movie down too much with Avatar (2009) -level messaging. Gadgetry can be argued to be its own reward. But because the movie is in such a rush to whisk us to the next show-stopping set-piece, it all but ignores its problematic elements. Elements that include but are not limited to: a simple "noble savage" vs. militaristic boogeyman narrative, human (alien) trafficking being treated as a fumbled plot device, an alien race modeled after feudal Japanese stereotypes that actually eats people...

Yet despite big, big, BIG problems, Valerian still manages to eek out enough good ideas worthy of a tacit recommendation. The bustling city of Alpha, reminiscent of Venice during the Renaissance or Baghdad at the height of the Abbasids is certainly worth a look. Of course if the imagination inherent in a far-future sci-fi smorgasbord isn't enough to entice you, and you're more concerned with say story, plot etc. then I say read the graphic novels instead.
Beautiful, but bland.
Valerian suffers from the same issue that some of the big budget sci-fi/fantasy movies which are coming out these days suffer from.

Visually its perfect. Down right orgasmic. You could pause the movie at any given moment and marvel at the beautiful scenery in which Varian takes place.

But then comes the main problem. Same problem which Transformers had, same problem which Avatar had... the story is shallow and boring. The mission on which the main characters embark feels like one big side quest, it never pulled me in, it never grabbed my interest, it was simply... boring.

And then there are the characters themselves. Valerian: "Hello I'm a hot headed cardboard cutout action man who does action things, and disobeys his superiors while cracking sarcastic jokes" And the other one, I forgot her name: "Hello I am a Valerian with a vagina... and I'm also good with computers. Oh and I also have a generic love interest with Varian" Most of the characters in the movie are completely one dimensional, factory made, cardboard cutouts, exact copies of which we have seen in tons of movies before. They never made me go "Wow what an interesting character, I sure care about what happens to him." I liked Bubble (Rihanna) but that was it.

I gave this movie a higher rating because of the visuals and action, which is what this kind of movie is really about at the core, but would it really kill them to put some effort into character development and the plot itself?

In conclusion, this is simply one of those "Watch and forget" movies, where you enjoy the sugar high, but your brain will still be missing and craving some proper nutrients.
The sci-fi I wanted to see my whole life.
Admittedly I don't expect everyone to like it as some folks just want another tony stark or Chris Evans film, Or they same old same old that has been spam handed to use for decades. And they are all fun movies but this one is different, just as FIFTH ELEMENT was. A huge fan of Fantasy and Sci-fi art I'd see online and at Comi-con, I've always said to myself wouldn't that be great to see in a film. FIFTH ELEMENT was as close as we got to it, then we went right back to the same old stuff we always do, Cause Disney knows all they gotta do is slap a picture of a Tie-fighter on a box and they'll make billions, regardless of what's inside the box and its getting 2005 old. Then this film comes along and right off the get go I was hooked. It had the action that I liked about STAR WARS, Alien diversity I liked about STAR TREK, however instead of some stupid doomsday weapon or world conquering ploy. There central theme and message is far more interesting and importing what is "love" really mean, trust, forgiveness, loyalty, vulnerability, also the complexities of a lie. Even when I thought they were pushing a tense moment, I thought for dramatics it was just to take a sec and get that message out there and make our central character understand what was really at stake. Regardless how others feel, I am so glad that this film is now in existence, and I look forward to owning it. My hats off to the people who did it cause I was thoroughly impressed. Even if they had a SFX moment like all Sci-Fi's they would use this special kinda of restraint that so many others failed to do. And was more of a hand over mouth "WOW". I truly Loved this film.
Original and stunning!
I've read the whole series of Valerian comics as I'm of European origin. But this movie, although based on their characters and situations, is actually a totally new adventure! And it is incredibly well done, with amazing sequences and very original story line. There are some well known characters beyond Valerian and Laureline, but others are completely new and AMAZING! Bubble's dance is so original I was truly speechless watching it. Superb, original idea! Well done, Luc Besson and whoever refined this story. It is without a doubt one of the best sci-fi movies I've ever seen - and I've seen most of them!
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.
Enjoyable and good Luc Besson movie
It seems that the critics have decided to gun down every big project of Luc Besson. They thrashed Lucy which was actually a good movie and now Valerian. I went to see the movie after reading these weird reviews of these so called critics. It turns the movie is great space opera with a good story and I enjoyed every minute of it. Those who try to compare it with the comics (read them all, i'm a big fan) are making a mistake...this is a free adaptation of the comics.

I highly recommend you go and see is much better than Transformers and as good...maybe even better than Guardians of the galaxy. Certainly much better than the last Star Wars.
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.
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
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