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
A film who's creator knows no bounds of imagination
David Bowie introduces the first five minutes of Valerian, and perhaps its fitting we should have the Starman himself lead us into a glimpse of what the future could hold for humans and all interstellar life.By the time Mr. Bowie completes his Space Oddity, we've learned that the titular City of a Thousand Planets is the international space station hundreds of years in the future.suddenly, a peaceful seashell world is decimated without explanation.from there, Valerian and Laureline take over the action as two agents in pursuit of their stolen commander, and everything gets weird from there. Director Luc Besson is his own starman here, and he commands the world of Valerian with pizazz and passion. Not everything works, as our space agents wrestle dialogue that falls pancake flat; but the actors play well off each other and comedic moments succeed more than fail. The ending half of the film loses steam,except for Rihanna's literally acrobatic performance,but Valerian is a bonkers crazy, geeky, and likable space opera that can only come from someone who's imagination is truly free.
2017-07-20
Amazing movie in every way!
Decided to ignore the lackluster critic reviews and saw Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets tonight at the movie theater. Bottom line......this movie is downright brilliant! It has a great, fast-paced plot, stunning visuals, and the acting is great! I can't even fathom why anyone would give this movie a bad review. Go see it...this is Sci- Fi at its best people!!!!
2017-07-24
Horrendously acted, incoherently written, waste of time.
Jeez. This movie. I loathe nearly everything about this film, but let's go ahead and knock out these positives. 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is visually stunning— sometimes. There is a great deal of imagination that went into the art design here, and this definitely separates this film from the overly saturated sci-fi sub genre. The ambition showed in the world building of this universe is commendable, director Luc Besson really goes for it here. The vast majority of this film is completely CGI- rendered, and for the most part, the CGI is well done. The opening sequence that kicks this film off is breathtaking, and while it shares similarities to James Cameron's Avatar, there is an uniqueness to it that really draws the audience in.

As soon as our two human protagonists come on screen—which mind you, is immediately after the impressive opening sequence—the film screeches to a halt, losing every speck of momentum garnered in the first twenty minutes.

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne portray cardboard cutouts—oh, I mean special government agents tasked with some of the universe's most important tasks. I wish there was something good I could say about the performances from these two. But, nearly every time DeHaan opened his mouth to speak all, I could do was sigh. This is clearly a role meant for a charismatic actor, the likes of someone like Chris Pratt, Tom Cruise, or Will Smith. Instead, this film has DeHaan, who gives such an extremely wooden performance that it is borderline painful. The chemistry between DeHaan and Delevingne is nonexistent. The romantic relationship between these two characters maybe could have been believable with a different pair of actors. With these two brick walls though? Nah. The film screeches to a halt far too many times to give focus to unbearable romantic moments between the two—many of which hurt me physically. 

What really rose my blood pressure here was the script. Dare I say, I prefer the dialogue and narrative from the Transformers: The Last Knight over what is present in this film's monstrosity of a screenplay. This film thinks it is hilarious and charming, just like Transformers did. This film is immensely unfunny and repulsive, just like Transformers is. The attempts at quips and back-and-forth jokes are insufferable, getting less funny and more amateurish as the film goes on. DeHaan and Delevingne definitely deserve some of the blame for this, but the godawful writing doesn't provide them much room to be anything more than annoying. 

The plot manages to be more jumbled than anything I have seen all year. There are whole sections of this film that have nothing to do with the narrative set up in the opening act. This is a 2 hour and 20 minute film that has no business being anything over 90 minutes. A whole third of this film could be cut out, (specifically the detour that features singer/songwriter Rihanna) and nothing about the ending would change. I should have walked out of this movie somewhere near that 90 minute mark, but, like Transformers, I hoped the final act would be this film's saving grace. It wasn't.

If you spent money your hard-earned money on this film this weekend, I truly apologize. While this is not the cinematic cancer that the Transformers franchise continues to be—Valerian is a horrendously acted, incoherently written, waste of time. 
2017-07-25
How poor is love that counts ...
Watching 'Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets' I was reminded what makes Science Fiction so enjoyable. It's not the space fights, the cool alien life forms, the futuristic metropolis. It's that all these things remind us how infinite this space is, how tiny our existence, and how precious.

You probably have no idea what I am talking about. Just go watch this fantastic movie and you will understand. To make it short: This movie was perfect. It is a breathtaking, overwhelming vision of the celebrated comics, brought to life with heartblood by Luc Besson.

The less you know about the story the better. The film naming hero Valerian is connected through his dreams to a distant planet. It involves war between races, military intrigue, love & death, but more then any other SciFi movie, this one is about the journey not the destination. The countless side stories, and side characters are what makes this a breathing version of an unforgettable universe. This is the best Sci Fiction film I've seen since 'The Matrix'.
2017-07-20
Treat yourself with some eye candy
My first review ever, but after seeing Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets i had too, since most reviews disregard the love and energy the film was made. It is absolutely spectacular to watch in every corner its filled with mind-boggling imagination of alien worlds and creatures.Being a star wars fan for the last 40 years i have to say eat your heart out Mr. Lucas and co . Now I am a fan of Mr Besson since The Big Blue , but this is his finest work so far please judge for yourself but see it and i promise you a ride of just over two hours were you forget anything and escape in a wonderful future with amazing optical dreams. Just wonderful.
2017-08-17
Disappointing.. but good for kids I suppose
The plot has many problems, the character development has many problems and the Visual Effects cannot save the poor script and acting. I wonder, after so many years of American Blockbusters, do people still like these kind of cliché story lines?

In no way this one can be compared to the beautiful 5th Element by the same director. It is good if you want to watch a Disney-like film with your children.
2017-11-05
Cara Delevingne's bad acting 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than it should be.
Cara Delevingne's bad acting ruins any suspension of disbelief that you want to keep while watching this movie, she is just a robotic face saying her lines, they try to show some chemistry that simple isn't there. My suggestion, read the original Comic Books, you will be better served.
2017-11-03
A fun romp! Most enjoyable!
I don't see why this isn't doing better at box office? It's a romp and the story is quite clear. I thought the main characters were fine together and they played their parts well.

I loved the scenery and the imagined worlds, also the odd twists and turns. I suspect it is disliked because of the anti-war messages.

But what is it really? It's Saturday Matinée non-stop fun, with a positive romantic ending. Too saccharine? Not gritty enough? Give me a break.

Grab some popcorn, enjoy the ride.
2017-08-09
I really, really liked it
Now - i am aware that there are tons of negative reviews of the title. But i really did enjoy watching it. I do not know the comic that this movie is based on - so i did not come into the theater with any real expectations regarding converting a novel into a movie.

What i love is the world - it is a very optimistic world - but not a paradis world... a world with problems, big problems - yet amazingly optimistic. I can even understand the motivation of the "bad" guy - to a point. I liked how the victims were much more victims of circumstance - or as it is sometimes called - collateral damage of powers beyond comprehension. I loved how the world is build ... how the characters fit into the world - and not how the world is spun around the characters. For a sci-fi movie - i found the story and environment very rich and powerful, very vibrant and exciting. I wanted to know more about the world, its creatures, its stories.

The protagonists felt relevant - but in the end ... not much more than little cogs in the massive gears that make a small part of the world... which i appreciate. Although i understand the critcism about the leads not really fitting the role - i had no real problem with it. They are more "smart" (with the male being more street smart, the female being more logic driven - but both being much stronger as a team than separated) they do not need massive muscles and physical appearance. They were OK, both cocky, both dedicated - and i also actually liked the banter and chemistry .. kind of. Admittedly, it was not the best of movies - but i have seen far worse.

What i liked most was the business of the world - reminding me much on 5th element, the colours, the noise. It had a very 5th element feel about it (no surprise there)

Well, what did i not care for....

The CG was so massive in this movie and fluctuated in Quality that it felt less like a live action movie and more like a cartoon (a lot more like Roger Rabbit in toonland than anything else) - I am aware that CG still have problems with vibrant, bright and colourful environments compared to moody, rainy, dark ones. So while some scenes were amazing (usually dark ones) the bright ones were just too artificial ... actually worse than Avatar, which is quite some years old by now.

The impact of "death" and "killing" in this movie was odd. For one - it was the main storyline - but death seemed like a no issue otherwise - very dystopian but without the feel of it.

Ah - and the throne-room scene was terrible as a whole... very disconnected from the storyline and movie.

Other than that - i liked it. I even think it is very re-watchable.
2017-11-05
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