Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review

Fellow movie-goers: Definite eye candy and a fun adventure, but a little thin on story.
6 Plot: A little this on plot, and predictable.
8 Acting: Cast is great, with Dane DeHaan’s character reminiscent of Han Solo.
7 Directing: I love Luc Besson, but was hoping for a little more from him.
9 Cinematography: Beautifully done special effects and shots.
8 Paciing: Wonderfully paced, it keeps your attention.

Here’s the premise: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

I was so excited to see this movie, the trailer reminded me on THE FIFTH ELEMENT, one of my favorite sci-fi movies; this definitely had the feel of THE FIFTH ELEMENT meets STAR WARS, but the storyline was a bit thin thus making me a wee bit disappointed.

The acting was great, with Dane DeHaan’s character reminiscent of Han Solo, and he and Cara Delevingne had pretty good chemistry so that was pretty decent. The special effects were awesome, and definitely worth the price of admission. When it comes to the aliens, they are spot on and go all out with the make-up and CGI to create these wonderful creatures from other planets. The story on the surface was a great story, but it lacked real substance when you got right down to it. The movie is predictable, but I am ok with that for this type of movie. Good movie, but not as good as I had hoped for with the trailers and the fact that it was directed by Luc Besson, who wrote and directed THE FIFTH ELEMENT.

I recommends VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, see it on the big screen; the visuals alone are worth it.

Russell Lockhart



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