Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Another big budget space opera from the director of “The Fifth Element” based on a popular French comic book.
“Valerian” is about two futuristic government agents who go out on a mission to intercept a rare, stolen artifact, and get caught up in a rescue mission to save a high ranking General. Their journey to find the culprits, leads to a chase around the city of a thousand planets and a discovery of a even larger mystery.
The visual effects in this movie are sometimes staggering. Watching a lot of movies, I can usually figure out how some of the magic is achieved, but some of the effects in this movie I just could not figure out.
That’s really the best thing about the movie, being the effects and the imagination of this world. There’s some cool action scenes, and some fun characters, but it was difficult to really get behind the lead characters. The actors were good, but their characters weren’t really captivating enough to make me want to cheer or worry for them. They were good at getting the story from point to point, but there was nothing personable about them that I was rooting for (the less about their flirting, the better). Cara Delevingne was actually surprisingly entertaining. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect after her performance in “Suicide Squad”, but she was fun. Rihanna also appears for a while, but her character doesn’t really add to the overall story. That’s not good when you have an already muddled plot line.
Everything about the movie is serviceable. I thought the the plot, characters, acting were just okay. The musical score was also surpingly effective to me. But where this movie shines is in the design, effects, and imagination on display. It’s a visual feast with just enough story to make it barely interesting.
Grade: 3 out of 5