Review: Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets
3.0Overall Score

This film fails to reach it’s potential.

Starring: Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne

Plot: In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.

Remarks: There were so many things I enjoyed and many which disappointed me about this franchise. Firstly, I really enjoyed the story. I liked the idea of an intergalactic space station where many alien species come together and share their knowledge. Valerian and Laureline are tasked with retrieving a special animal from a destroyed planet and encounter many obstacles along the way. Honestly, I was entertained. The film kept me at the edge of my seat, however, the way the story was told could have been much better.

The film was pretty monotonous. Neither Dane nor Cara put on their best performance and their characters felt pretty lacklustre. The film lacked excitement. It lacked heart. The story dragged and the plot is weak – something that will hamper the success of this film. But, the epic special effects masked this flaw quite well.

Visually, this is an incredibly pleasing film. Imagine a mixture of Avatar and Star Trek – that’s Valerian. The aliens were created beautifully and the animation is really something to marvel about. The CGI and impressive green screen animation also transported you into a magical world. The beginning, where the destroyed world is shown in all its glory, and a scene where Valerian runs through Alpha stand out as artistic highlights for me.

Another highlight is Rihanna’s short cameo. She plays an alien named Bubble, a shapeshifting entertainer. She gives an incredibly entertaining performance where she wears a variety of different outfits – and slays in each and every one of them.

Was this a terrible film? I wouldn’t say that… But, with a budget of over $220 million, I expected a whole lot more. I think the weak script and the mediocre performances are the film’s downfall and unfortunately, I have a feeling this is going to be one of this year’s biggest box office flops.

Rating: 3/5

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets releases on the 21st of July 2017.

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