Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets Review: Futuristic Galactic Space Fantasy

STX Entertainment: Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets

Directed By: Luc Besson

Starring:  Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu and Rutger Hauer

Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets is based upon the french sci-fi comic series "Valerian and Laurenline"  originally written by Pierre Christin.  VALERIAN Director and Producer Luc Besson adapted the plot mostly from the comic edition of Valerian and Laurenline  as an Independent Producer Varian and the city of thousand planets is one of the most expensive Independent European movie ever made with the production budget of $177 Million - $210 Million. On 21st July 2017 after its release Valerian received mixed critic reviews in terms of Story and Ploting but it is highly praised because of its Visual Effects and Cinematography. Following are the ratings given by the top critics network:-

IMDB - 6.8/10

Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets


On a budget of over $200m - making this by far the most expensive film ever to hail from France - Luc Besson weaves a saga that is full of digressions and off-the-cuff ideas. There are invisible market cities that can only be seen by wearing special helmets with visors. Valerian is an unfettered, wildly imaginative film, but the downside to all those creative digressions is that the plot never quite gets going. At certain points, your humble writer felt a bit like the two leads, holding onto things by their fingertips and struggling to keep up with what’s happening. The entire movie stops for what feels like a full five minutes for Rihanna’s creepy Moulin Rouge scene.

Cara Delevigne, on the other hand, is great value as Laureline, and in many respects she’s the real hero of the piece - she certainly gets the biggest laughs, and it’s difficult to figure out why Besson didn’t give her equal billing in the title (the movie could as easily have been called Valerian And Laureline, like the comics). Dane DeHaan’s leftfield casting as Valerian, and less charismatic than Delevigne; he tends to exude a certain detached coolness than the warm oafishness of, say, a Chris Pratt or Harrison Ford.

The visual effects are also something of a mixed bag; some are beautiful, but other character designs and animations look a little stiff. It’s a result, perhaps, of the sheer number of VFX sequences crammed into the movie; even for a film of this budget, this is ambitious stuff, and it’s perhaps unsurprising that director Besson overreaches himself at times.

In the end Valerian's something of an acquired taste, and we can only guess how global audiences will react to this amped-up, Gallic space fantasy. But as a big-screen experience, we can safely say that Valerian's unlike anything else you'll see in a cinema this year, and worth seeing just to fully appreciate how curious it all is. This is a movie, which clearly is a must watch.

thats all folks !!!

Rating: 3.9/5

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