Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a 2017 English-language French science fiction action-adventure epic film, written and directed by Luc Besson, and co-produced by Besson and his wife, Virginie Besson-Silla. The film is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières.

It stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, with Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, and Rutger Hauer in supporting roles.

Besson independently crowd-sourced and personally funded Valerian and, with a production budget between $177–210 million, it is both the most expensive European and independent film ever made.

It’s a big bright film overflowing with visual ideas. However they don’t extend to the characters and story. Dane DeHaan is Valerain, and has a voice that does not match this youthful looks, it’s a problem throughout the film. Cara Delevinge is Valerian’s partner and a better match to her character.

The film changes from exploratory Sci-Fi to urban Blade Runner cityscape to Military Sci-Fi and finally (oh, we have to put this in) a science fiction idea.

The best parts were just watching the visual roll over the screen. Unfortunately, when it came to telling a story, not that compelling, adventurous or thrilling. It ends up being very average.