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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Review

Updated on September 5, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand planets is the latest film by french director, Luc Besson who also directed the ever popular, The Fifth Element. This movie was adapted from an old French Graphic Novel that Besson read as a teenager. It went on to inspire The Fifth Element, and now that the technology had caught up with his vision, Besson has finally made his dream project that he has always talked about come to life. If only he had held off a little longer, and written a few more drafts, and picked better actors, and maybe made the action sequences a little more exciting.

Valerian, and his partner Laureline, played by Dane Dehaan, and Cara Delevingne, are space cops assigned to missions that defend Alpha, the city of a Thousand Planets where after centuries, many different alien species and humans have created one large space station in which they live, and share their knowledge of the universe. The two agents are thrown into a mission that leads to a conspiracy cover up that resulted in the mass genocide of a peaceful planet. As they dig deeper to uncover the truth of this conspiracy, they are met with challenges at every turn, running into stern superiors, strange aliens, and robots who stand in their way.

That's pretty much it in a nut shell. While it doesn't need to have a complex plot line for a fun space adventure, the twist and turns never amount into anything when the real culprit behind the conspiracy is revealed. On-top of that, we have the two dullest leads in cinematic history, referring to the actors, not the characters sadly, that made this film a cringe worthy experience. Not to mention they had terrible dialogue to work with, and very uninspiring action to run around in.

While the visuals are terrific, and the film kept itself moving at a quick pace, it was not enough to save this lackluster dream project that Luc Besson has been waiting so long to direct.

He may have plans for a sequel, and with the so-so ratings, and decent box-office returns, I'm sure we will get another one. Are we asking for it? Nope. It is sad to say that at this point maybe Luc Besson's best work is behind him. After a few duds, and the disappointing bomb that was, Lucy, we were hoping that this was going to be Besson's great comeback. A return to form, but it wasn't really. I tried so hard to like, but it's nothing other than gorgeous eye candy.


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    • Eric Calderwood profile image

      Eric Calderwood 9 months ago from USA

      I'll probably watch it on DVD. I don't go to the theater much anymore anyway. Thanks for the review.

    • nan4wrtng profile image

      nan4wrtng 9 months ago from Riverside, CA

      Great review. I read it to a few people here that agree with your assessment. I will wait for the video.