Review | Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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Alpha, a huge space station, where thousands of species live together, is under a mysterious threat. Enter Valerian and Laureline, two Special Agents of the human government who are assigned to investigate and neutralize the danger.

 

Review 2017 by Flytrap

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Written by: Luc Besson Based on the Comics by Pierre Christin andJean-Claude Mézières

Directed by: Luc Besson

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, and a ship-load of CGI

Rated PG-13
Running time: 137 Mins

So, these two Special Agents are tossed into the middle of an intergalactic tussle, where they have to figure out what’s going on, get into the middle of it, solve it and not die. Sounds like a good time.

And for the most part, it is. Some good fun, thrilling action and much swashing of buckles by Valerian. Beautiful “sets” (all CGI, but that’s how we roll these days, amIright?). Great score and seamless special effects and a pretty good story.

But I was constantly distracted by the leads, who I felt were way miscast. These are supposed to by a couple of seasoned veterans:
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But to me, they look like a couple of teenagers who are going to cosplay.
And, really, boob armor? I thought we were past that.

Rihanna was AWESOME!

But I will say, I had a smile on my face for most of the film, so I’ll recommend this one. I did not see it in 3-D, but I can see where it might have been improved by it. There are no post-credit scenes, so warp on out when they start rolling.

Flytrap rating: 7/10

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