Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review
Directed by Luc Besson and produced by Virgine Besson Silla and Luc Besson in association with Europa Corp, starring Cara Delevingne and Dane Dehaan, Clive Oven, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke and more.
The movie starts out with giving a brief outline on the basics involved. Very technologically advanced and beyond the imagination of an average person, however, the director went a little over-board with the outer-space advancements and lost sight of the ‘love’ back-drop of the movie.
The chemistry between Cara and Dane is definitely enticing and peculiar. Cara's acting skills with Dane's snide humor added some bonus points to the movie. Dane is this witty yet intelligent science guy and Cara is the super-smart, loving and intelligent woman.
The story starts with a group of agents that are in control of some extremely advanced technology\ammo to save the city of thousand planets, but the peace of this city was disturbed by the alien forces from a different planet, the primary enemy (which ultimately become the victims of human invasion).
A very interesting plot that wasn’t given enough importance as much was given in the making of the film. The heavy budget and the science vibe is definite, but it felt like a videogame of Avatar that was remixed into another movie.
"Being the good guy" is what the story revolved around in the end. Human race saving the alien-life is the bottom-line if you’d like to add, but at the same time, it gives the message that we’re both the creators and destroyers of the extraterrestrial life.
The director made a big blunder by not revealing the exact supernatural powers behind the pearls (around which the whole story revolves) and why the alien creatures needed it for their survival? The movie falls short on giving brief explanations on main focal points like this.
If you’ve seen movies like Equals, starring Kristen Stewart, Avatar by James Cameron and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, you’d know that Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets is just a mix of all these movies combined.
Meaning: A reconstructed success that is overrated with no actual meaning surrounding it.
An interesting plot like this is supposed to keep you captivated and engaging but the movie had the opposite effect on the audience. You kind of start yawning as the age-old love-story between the main leads is shown in the most cheesy way possible, a bit of cringe, if you’d like to add.
The humor is what keeps you going and Rihanna’s cameo really captures your heart. She is playing one of the most important roles in the movie which brings together Cara and Dane. Her character is the only one that gives some actual background of her past while all the existing characters do not reveal even a bit of their past reference. Oh, except for that one exempt where Dane cockily claims his past achievements, still, no background story involved.
A complete science fictional video game transformed into an animated set that you set to call it out as a movie.
The movie could have done better if only the ‘why’ and ‘how’ aspects were actually covered.
But it does give you the 'what' and 'where' aspects pretty heavily.