Movie Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Cliven Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman
 
 
Recognize that feeling of paying to watch nightmare? Well, that's what you feel the moment you watch Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It is a science fiction film directed by Luc Besson, the not so well known director of the Scarlett Johansson starrer Lucy. 
 
This film is an adaptation of Valérian and Laureline, the French sci-fi comic series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that began in 1967. Rather like his last attempt at the genre, 1997’s The Fifth Element, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets gives you eye-catching visuals but has a wretched storyline. 
 
In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
 
A glimpse of Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy can be seen. Some of the scenes are so confusing that it seems as if a separate movie is being played alongside the main one. After an hour or so comes a shape shifting Rihanna dancing on a stripper pole which was quite unexpected and unwanted both! I wonder what Besson had in mind before sitting down and writing the script, was it a bad dream turned into a nightmare movie?
 
Both the lead actors lack character. Dane DeHaan, who can be pictured as playing forbearing roles has been miscast as an assertive one. Cara, on the other hand, is just unlucky to be playing this role after suffering from the huge flop (drumrolls please… ) Suicide Squad! Had there been a more popular couple on screen this film could have done much better. 
 
2 Shors out of 5.
 
 
Reviewed By – Yash Saboo

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