Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: And a thousand cliches
Movie Review by Anand Jha (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is one of those movies that you have a lot of expectations with before getting hit by the bus named “disappointment”. The movie revolves around Valerian(Dane Dehaan) and his colleague Laurine (Cara Delevinge), who form a special team of operatives charged with maintaining order throughout human territories and different planets. The movie has its story taken from a comic series made by Pierre Christin and drawn by Jean-Claude Mezieres, which was first seen in the year 1967.
The story begins with scenes that share a bit of likeness to cameron’s movie, where one sees an entirely different race. It may seem as the film will have a few deep rooted connections because there are human like species but with a moon like glow, with glowing orbs on a pristine planet where, cute reptile like creatures reproduce the same orbs in numerous quantities when fed. The story comes back to the two protagonists, Valerian(Dane Dehaan) and Laureline(Cara Delevinge), and the movie starts losing its initial pace.
Valerian (Dane Dehaan) is supposed to be charming, a guy who exudes playboy aura, a fearsome cop but none of these characteristics match DeHaan. On screen, Valerian(Dane Dehaan) is neither aggressive (as the character demands) nor persuasive and the poor dialogues only add to the flak. Delevingne as Laureline is shown to have immunity towards the charms of Valerian (Dane Dehaan) her presence is felt but she lacks in the portrayal of emotions. Together with DeHaan, their onscreen romance lacks chemistry. They seem very distant similar to the galaxies that director Luc Besson shows.
Rihana’s cameo as bubble the alien with shape shifting capabilities is the only good thing about the movie. The thin plot and lack of great story makes the movie dull and draggy, the movie is predictable and fails to surprise even kids.