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Movie Review: Valerian

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, 7/21/17, PG-13

Director Luc Besson gathered funds together to make this film and was inspired by the original French comics “Valerian and Laureline.”  In this story Valerian (Dean DeHann) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) must investigate a mysterious energy at the center of Alpha, the city of a Thousand Planets. 

The visuals of Valerian are mesmerizing, as Besson created an incredible look for the film with all the different aliens and planets that are in the story.  Artistically the film is stunning.  The story fell a little short when it came to keeping my interest.  When the story waned though I had the visuals to look at.  The range of characters is fantastic in the film, going all the way from elegant savages to scruffy intellectuals.  The love story in the film did not work for me.    

The big mystery of the film is not that hard to figure out either so my attention again went back to the visuals created by the team of artists Besson had working for him.  The look of this film does feel reminiscent of “The Fifth Element.” That is not a bad thing.

This adventure does have some violence in it, including the shooting of weapons and threats being thrown about.   Explosions decimate a planet as well as many creatures upon it.  A large shootout takes the lives of many.  A creature dances on a pole. The main Characters are seen in swimsuits for some of the film.

Science fiction fans will enjoy this film as will those who go for the artistry.  I did enjoy Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and I am giving it a B grade. 


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