Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

(2017)

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Title:
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Release Date:
20th July 2017
Runtime:
137 min
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genres:
Directors:
Luc Besson
Writers:
Jean-Claude Mezieres, Pierre Christin
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 64%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 0%
IMDb Rating 7.0

Casts

Cara Delevingne as Laureline
Dane DeHaan as Valerian
Elizabeth Debicki as Haban Limai
Ethan Hawke as Jolly the Pimp
John Goodman as Unknown

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Harun Karali 19th July, 2017

Uneven Story Telling is Boosted by Spectacular Visuals

Adapted from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres long-running French sci-fi comics series Valerian And Laureline. Luc Besson creates a stunning visual feast. Besson's attention to detail is immaculate. And that along side the quirky dialog's between Laureline and Valerian are what keep this film afloat. I might be in the minority, but I prefer my films to be lengthy. However in this case, Valerian feels overstuffed trying to add more depth to the story at every turn. This film might have benefited from a shorter run time. The biggest surprise was Laureline(Delevingne), her character is what kept my interest throughout the film and her acting was actually on point. As someone who was skeptical about her casting, I'm glad to be proved wrong. Not saying it's her breakout performance, Just saying she's improving and perhaps she might have a future as an actress. Everyone deserves a second chance. Grade: B-

Reviewed by Bill Bailey 19th July, 2017

Another classic turned to camp to impress hipsters

Another book/comic/TV show/classic movie turned into a film for affectatious millennials who have no real experiences to draw from. The film mimics it's core hipster audience in that it lacks the depth or development of character. There's no differentiation between attitude and character. ***Spoiler*** (kind of) - the universe is saved by a couple of bored, superficial, snide, witless, shallow, and ever-contrived wannabe millennials. The taint of steam-punkish poseurdom that permeates this special-effects-substitute-for-plot made this a movie concept squandered.

Reviewed by Theo Mwntli 19th July, 2017

Zero Gravity + Zero Chemistry = Fail

I suppose it is impossible to reduce 21 volumes of Valerian into a 2:17 minute movie with any real hope of pleasing the actual people who love the comic series. I'm not that fan and so I'm judging it independent of its pedigree. The movie is just not very good. Heroes: Like a blind date set up by a modeling agency, these photogenic clothes horses have nothing believable to say to each other, and the so called "humorous banter" achieves exactly the opposite effect. It's the kind of writing that passes for funny in much of Sci-Fi/Fantasy. It's not the actors fault; they are kids, pretending to be superheroes, and probably have no real relationships to mimic. It matters because one has to suspend every ounce of disbelief to get through the hallucinogenic, stuffed like a hoarder's closet, CGI world that needs saving. Having a couple of human's with some basic reality attached to their behavior, character, attitude, and language might make the CGI overload less a mind numbing bore. It's like watching someone else play a video game; after a bit, who cares? That's enough. Read the books, your imagination is better than this…. Here is a simple formulation for movies: Would you ever watch this movie again. In Valerian, the answer is absolutely not…. (Unless the geniuses at Rifftrax decide to clean and gut it)