Meh, a very boring two hours of random space adventures.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets summed up in a short paragraph:
Boy and girl in military go on missions together. Boy flirts with girl which nearly has him killed. Corruption in the top tier of the military leads to the “death” of a planet and almost an entire species from the planet. More adventuring after impulsivity lands them in the wrong area and they touch the wrong thing. The good ones in the military figure out the corruption. The species is saved. The boy and girl fall in love.
My expectations are set when I hear directors of upcoming films. Movies directed by Michael Bay are action packed with tons of CGI. Films directed by Steven Spielberg are meaningful. And I was wrong about Luc Besson as a director. He is an out of the box thinker but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets fell short of his out of the world thinking. When thinking about the movies he directed, Lucy and Fifth Element come to mind, which are both incredibly out of this world movies. Sure his movies don’t rate high on Rotten Tomatoes but this doesn’t mean his creativity is lacking.
The CGI is INCREDIBLE!
The species felt real and did not look hokey. I rate the movie a 3.5 out of 5. The huge ship is filled with many different creatures with various environments and personalities that all live symbiotically. The film suffered because of its predictability and its focus on Valerian and not the thousand planets.
It is missing information about the different species on board and how the symbiosis works between the 30 million beings.
Laughing during an action movie allows for comic relief. Cara Delevingne is the perfectly casted to play Sergeant Laureline. She has a to
ugh shell and loving heart. She mainly provided the comicrelief throughout the film.
Lastly, I recommend you wait for it to come to on demand or DVD to rent the movie. The only reason to see it in theaters is for the ginormous screens to watch the CGI at its best.
What do you think? Did Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets lack personality.