Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – review

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

   From the director of Fifth Element, Luc Besson has one of the best imaginations in the sci-fi business.  As we saw in Fifth Element, Valerian, this is somewhat of a space soap opera.  While you have to like Sci-Fi flicks to enjoy this Besson film, you can still love the beauty of his imagination in 3D even if you don’t like sci-fi movies. 

   Valerian (Dane DeHaan) is a smartass future special operative partnered with Laureline (Cara Delevingne).  They have the job of not only keeping peace and order in the known Universe, but also preserving species.  This adventure takes them to a massive space station called Alpha that has been populated with thousand of species from thousands of planets.  We meet the duo while they are on the hunt for a Converter which is a species that can replicate hundreds of objects if you feed it what you want to be replicated. 

     Throughout the adventure they keep learning more and more about a planet named Mul, and all the inhabitants had been destroyed decades ago.  They keep running into a road block, but the story usually leads back to Commander Arun Filitt (Clive Owen).   

     One of the problems I had with the flick is while DeHaan and Delevingne are both attractive people, they don’t really have any chemistry, and DeHaan is trying too hard to be a Han Solo, Star Lord type of Space Operative, he does not have the charisma to pull it off. 

     While I enjoyed Valerian and will grade this flick a C+, one of the best parts of the film is the opening credits where we watch the growth of the space ship Alpha from the 70’s while listening to Space Oddity.  I think one of my problems is Delevingne just like Suicide Squad she has too big of a role, and does not live up to it. 

Brad Watts

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