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Valerian and the city of a thousand planets

Last night we watched Valerian and the city of a thousand planets. A 2 and 15 minute long movie set in space in a distant future inhabited by over 200 species of aliens (including humans).

A short summary below (from IMDB);

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.(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2239822/plotsummary?item=ps3182796).

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To start this movie is a vision of beauty. The planets, the creatures, the scenery. It is so fantastically done and such a pleasure to the eye, that the movie alone should get a 10 on that.

But is the movie a 10?

Erm…the visuals are definitely a 10. The script and the cast however….

The movie is based on a comic so I understand that you don’t have a lot of time to put everything in one movie. The movie tries but there were a lot of gaps in this movie, holes in the plot. E.g.; characters are suddenly aware of something they haven’t been informed of before. Or how a relationship between two characters is suddenly very deep even though at first you are given the impression they have never been more than co workers. 

The acting of the main characters was also somewhat of a letdown for me. I really liked Cara Delevingne in suicide squad and in this movie she was quite good as well but her chemistry with Dane DeHaan was a bit of a let down. Which brings me to Dane DeHaan (who plays Valerian), I liked DeHaan as the young green goblin (even though you cannot beat Willem Dafoe because…well its Dafoe) but as Valerian I did not feel him at all. His voice was too deep for the role and as I said the chemistry between him and Cara…I did not believe it.

One other big plus in this movie were the diversity of alien species. Another strong point was the comedic aspect. We laughed out loud a lot of times.

So overall the movie is one to watch! Apart from DeHaan not being right for the role and the few plot holes, it is a good film.

7.5 out of 10!

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2 thoughts on “Valerian and the city of a thousand planets

  1. I honestly gave this one a pass when it appeared in the theatres, but after reading this I guess I regret that quite a bit 😀 Probably will check this one out at some point (or in other words when I find some time for it lol 😂😂). Great review!

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